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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 […]

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

The ultimate goal of a code or standard is to provide a clear set of instructions for the construction, installation, and use of an electrical or alarm product. These instructions come in two different forms: prescriptive rules and performance rules. The results of these rules ensure a safe installation free of hazards to a person or property from the use of electricity. Prescriptive rules are more prevalent in the installation standards such as the National Electrical Code or the National…

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Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

A fundamental goal during the development of a code or standard is to ensure the written word is clear, concise, and easy to interpret. This is usually achieved by assembling a diverse group of interested professionals with varying perspectives that collectively work together to produce a consensus document. The process covers all bases, leaves no stone unturned, and foresees any unintended consequences or conflicts. The result is a nearly perfect document. In reality, it is impossible to predict Read more…

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Should It Take a Disaster to Make a Change?

Should It Take a Disaster to Make a Change?

By Tony Campbell, Director of Brand Management, Dual-Lite It often takes a tragedy or the loss of life before significant changes occur in our society. Unfortunately, and in the same fashion, the development and evolution of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code® is attributable to some of this nation’s largest tragedies in terms of loss of life. Fires, Explosions, and Natural Disasters Building fires have played a significant role in the creation and Read more […]