National electrical safety code to be opened for comment

A pre-print of the 2017 national electrical safety code (NESC) will open for comment 100 years after the NESC was first introduced. IEEE-SA will publish and open commentary on the preprint of proposed changes to the 2017 Edition of the NESC beginning Sept. 1, 2014.

05/02/2014


Mike Hyland. Courtesy: IEEEAlmost 100 years ago, the National Bureau of Standards, the original NESC secretariat, published the first national standard safety practices for electric supply and communication utility systems.  Now, the NESC is published by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), and is adopted or used worldwide. In order to remain relevant and useful, the NESC must constantly be refined to address rapidly evolving developments and technologies. As a result, the code has continually evolved and is revised every five years.

The NESC leadership holds visioning sessions to evolve its code. At these sessions, all stakeholders discuss the future of the NESC from both a technical and procedural perspective. The first session, held in February 2014, focused on the ever-growing use of renewables, such as wind and solar. Additional vision sessions are planned for 2014, where stakeholder comments will be invited to continue developing the NESC's areas of focus for the 2017 revision and beyond.

A pre-print of the 2017 NESC will open for comment 100 years after the NESC was first introduced in August 1914. The revision process is an open invitation to businesses and industries that rely on the NESC, giving interested parties the opportunity to review, affirm, or suggest additional changes to the code proposals. IEEE-SA will publish and open commentary on the pre-print of proposed changes to the 2017 Edition of the NESC beginning Sept. 1, 2014. An eight-month-long open commentary period ensues, and the period closes May 1, 2015.

With future revisions, the NESC aims to evolve and enhance the safety of public and electrical professionals. The goal of these standards is to increase electrical safety awareness, follow electrical safety guidelines, and use tools and technology designed to address electrical hazards.


Mike Hyland, PE, is the senior vice president of Engineering Services for the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. He is currently chair of the National Electrical Safety Code. 



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
Selecting the best controller from several viewpoints; System integrator advice for the IIoT; TSN and real-time Ethernet; Questions to ask when selecting a VFD; Action items for an aging PLC/DCS
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
click me