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NEWS FROM THE NFPA SECTIONS
Robert W. Baird
Robert W. Baird, Electrical Section
Chair, is vice-president of training
and education for the Independent
Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC),
the association for electrical and
systems contractors in Alexandria,
Virginia. Bob has been in the field
for 36 years and a member of IAEI
and NFPA for more than 33 years.
Where do your members come from?
The members of the Electrical Section
represent a cross section of the United
States and many other parts of the world.
They are business owners, engineers,
estimators, consultants, electricians,
instructors, technicians, and association
executives representing construction,
transportation, entertainment, manufacturing, utilities, health-care facilities, the
fire service, building owners, educational
institutions, regulatory agencies, testing
labs, inspection agencies, professional
societies, and labor unions.
What codes and industries are important
to your section?
The section informs members about, and
helps them contribute to, the development of NFPA standards such as NFPA
70®, National Electrical Code®; NFPA 70B,
Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance; NFPA 70E®, Electrical Safety in the Workplace®; NFPA 72®,
National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code;
NFPA 79, Electrical Standard for Industrial
Machinery; NFPA 110, Emergency and
Standby Power Systems; NFPA 111, Stored
Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby
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Power Systems; NFPA 790, Competency
of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies; and
NFPA 791, Recommended Practice and Procedures for Unlabeled Electrical Equipment
What are the key code issues for your
section right now?
The technical committee report on the
2014 edition of the National Electrical
Code (NEC®) will be presented at the
2013 NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago
in June. Section members are currently
reviewing the code panel actions and
developing positions to be taken on that
report. Other documents of interest
coming up for consideration in June are
NFPA 77, Recommended Practice on Static
Electricity, and NFPA 780, Installation of
Lightning Protection Systems.
What key code issues do you anticipate
in the near future?
Members of the NFPA 72 Committee will
soon start work on the 2016 edition of
NFPA 72. Once the 2014 edition of the
NEC is approved this summer, section
members will begin to implement it in
their jurisdictions and start thinking about
proposals for the 2017 NEC.
Can you give me an example of a recent
event that provides a real-world connection to your section’s code concerns?
Two words: Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane left millions of electrical utility
customers without power up and down
the East Coast. According to the Huffington Post, “New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg said in a press conference…
that 750,000 city residents were without
power after the storm…Power outages
in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have
‘shattered records’ with over 3 million
without power according to Philly.com…
Three nuclear reactors were shut down
and a fourth facility is on alert because of
the storm…Sandy has even left 145,000
Canadians without power.”
Homes, businesses, factories, transportation facilities, power lines totally destroyed by water, wind, or fire, or flooded
by seawater. Power is out. How can power
be safely restored to service without further endangering life or property? What
standards must be followed during the
process? The NEC provides the baseline
standard for electrical systems on the
owner side of the electrical service point,
and NFPA 72 provides similar guidance
for fire alarm systems.
Through relationships established
through participation in industry organizations such as NFPA, individuals from
across the country have reached out to
assist those who felt Sandy’s wrath.
What activities has your section recently
completed, and what’s coming up?
The section’s last meeting was held during the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo,
and the next will be held at 9 a.m. on
Tuesday, June 11, before the Technical
Committee Report sessions. Planning is
also underway for the Electrical Section’s
reception and dinner. The reception will
be held Tuesday, June 11th, 6 p.m. to 7
p.m., and the dinner will be held following
the reception from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Both will be held at the Hyatt Regency
McCormick Place Hotel in Chicago. Information on how to purchase tickets for
the dinner will be distributed to section
members via email.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - May/June 2013
NFPA Journal - May/June 2013
In a Flash
Work in Progress
Amping It Up
Code Process 2.0
Here, There, Everywhere
Expo Preview: Exhibitors' Showcase
NFPA Journal - May/June 2013