Chapter Corner

Mike Hyland

Electrical Contractors' Unique Stake in the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

Regardless of what part of the utility industry that they are in, electrical
contractors are directly impacted by the National Electrical Safety Code®
(NESC®) and its ongoing evolution. The code—from its work practices
for employees, including the responsibilities of electrical contractors
in relation to those of employers and host employers, to its detailed
guidance on grounding, clearance issues, construction strength, and loading—in
one way or another bears heavily on the daily work of elecrical contractors.
Now is the time for electrical contractors and any other concerned party to help
shape the next, 2017 edition of the NESC. From September 1, 2014, to May 1, 2015,
runs a period in which anyone can electronically submit comments on the “Preprint”
of proposed changes to the current edition of the code. Ensuring that the NESC
remains realistic, practical, and useful and in alignment with new developments,
technologies, and challenges in the industry relies on stakeholders across the
utility industry seizing their opportunity to provide their opinions and insights.
It is a particularly worthwhile endeavor for electrical contractors because no one has a
more valuable perspective or has more at stake in the NESC than those workers with
boots on the ground. The ongoing open commentary period is your opportunity to
chime in on whether you agree or disagree with the proposed NESC changes and why.