Track 1: Core/Legacy Networks

Service Deployment Requires Understanding of Enforced Codes -NEC and NESC

August 16, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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Ernie Gallo


This presentation will highlight requirements and changes in the National Electrical Code and National Electrical Safety Code. These standards are adopted by municipalities and states and have the force of law behind them. So all service providers, contractors and installers must comply with them. It is important that people understand the newest versions and how to apply them.

NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, or the NEC as it is more commonly known, is the most widely used technical document in the world. Since it was first published in 1897, it has been helping to protect both people and property from hazards associated with electrical energy by providing safe installation practices for electrical equipment and systems.

NFPA 70E addresses employee workplace electrical safety requirements. The standard focuses on practical safeguards that also allow workers to be productive within their job functions. While the various OSHA, ASTM, IEEE and NEC standard provide guidelines for performance, NFPA 70E addresses practices and is widely considered as the de-facto standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

NESC – National Electric Safety Code- Produced exclusively by IEEE, the NESC specifies best practices for the safety of electric supply and communication utility systems at both public and private utilities. The NESC sets the ground rules for practical safeguarding of persons during the installation, operation, or maintenance of power, telephone, cable TV, and railroad signal systems. The NESC is revised every 5 years to keep the code up to date and viable.