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Summer Advisory: Beware of Electric Shock Drowning

Summer Advisory: Beware of Electric Shock Drowning

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Julie Chavanne, Communications Director, ESFI Summer is the peak time for water-based leisure activities, and despite the fact that swimming and boating are recreational by nature, the age-old caution that water and electricity don’t mix must be strictly enforced. Each year, lives are lost due to a serious hazard that is still not widely understood: electric shock drowning (ESD). Known as the invisible killer, Read more [...]
ICC Recognizes NEMA’s Commitment to Safety

ICC Recognizes NEMA’s Commitment to Safety

The International Code Council (ICC), on behalf of Coalition for Current Safety Codes (CCSC), presented NEMA with a certificate of appreciation for the association’s commitment to public safety through the development and adoption of safety codes. NEMA is the first recipient of any award given by the CCSC. CCSC was founded by the ICC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to advance safety by advocating for the adoption of current building, sustainability, electrical, and life Read more [...]
Filling in the Gaps in Residential Shock Protection

Filling in the Gaps in Residential Shock Protection

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  Steve Montgomery, Chief Operating Officer, 2D2C, Inc. Electrical residential safety is getting better every year, as progressively fewer incidences of electrical shock occur. Nevertheless, safety gaps still exist. Electrical shocks, or injurious exposures to electricity, can occur wherever electrified metal contacts exist. Based on the age and health of the person touching the Read more [...]
Insurance Industry Promotes Best Practices in Code Adoption and Enforcement

Insurance Industry Promotes Best Practices in Code Adoption and Enforcement

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Bryan P. Holland, NEMA Southern Region Field Representative One sentence in the foreword to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace[1] posits, “It can be debated that all of the requirements of the National Electrical Code, when traced through a chain of events, relate to an electrical hazard.” This is likely true for every code and standard Read more [...]
Advocating for Safer Lithium Coin Batteries

Advocating for Safer Lithium Coin Batteries

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA Lithium coin batteries are ubiquitous in today’s consumer-centric America. Everything from your wrist watch to your garage door opener—not to mention the seemingly endless variety of electronic toys for grown-ups and kids alike—might run on coin cells. The number grows each year—a good trend for the consumer whose life Read more [...]
Saudi Arabia Consortium to Implement Technical, Outreach, and Trade Goals

Saudi Arabia Consortium to Implement Technical, Outreach, and Trade Goals

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Khaled Masri, Program Manager, NEMA, and Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA In 2015, with the support of specific NEMA member companies and related stakeholders, NEMA organized and launched the Saudi Arabia Market Access Consortium as a matter of necessity for specific companies and service providers who face challenges as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia implements Read more [...]
Utility Linemen: Putting Lives on the Line

Utility Linemen: Putting Lives on the Line

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  Julie Chavanne, Communications Director, Electrical Safety Foundation International According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, electrical power line installers and repairers are ranked as the ninth-deadliest occupation in the United States. This distinction should come as no surprise given the inherent danger of the job. Being fearless is an unwritten job requirement for utility Read more [...]
Intelligent Devices Offer Safety, Preserve Property

Intelligent Devices Offer Safety, Preserve Property

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Dave Loucks, PhD, Manager, Application & Advanced System Engineering, Eaton The cost of microprocessors, temperature sensors, and electronic current sensors has decreased dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years. While much attention has been focused on using microprocessors to connect devices to a network, many of the use cases for residential device communication have focused more Read more [...]
I Am NEMA: Promoting Safety and Innovation

I Am NEMA: Promoting Safety and Innovation

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Michael L. Belitzky, Manager, State Government Relations   I joined NEMA’s government relations team after having spent nearly 12 years entrenched in legislative and political battles at federal, state, and local levels. As manager of state government relations, my role is to serve as the industry’s advocate before legislators, governors, and agencies and engage with external Read more [...]
Get the Picture? Proper Servicing of Imaging Equipment Ensures Accurate and Safe Diagnoses

Get the Picture? Proper Servicing of Imaging Equipment Ensures Accurate and Safe Diagnoses

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Jim Nestel, Manager Service Projects and Installations, Hitachi Medical Systems Over the past century, the miracle of medical imaging has allowed for previously impossible insights into the structure and function of the human body. Rapid advances in science and technology have given us some of the most complex medical devices ever invented. Computed tomography (CT) imaging uses radiation Read more [...]