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IEEE Commemorates Historic 100th Year of the National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®)
|By Business Wire
|April 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT
the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for
humanity, announced today that a preprint of the 2017 National
Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®), one of the world’s most widely
adopted safety codes, will be open for comment one hundred years after
the NESC was first introduced in August 1914. IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE-SA) will publish and open commentary on
a preprint of proposed changes to the 2017 Edition of the NESC beginning
on 1 September 2014.
Produced exclusively by IEEE, which serves as the secretariat for the
National Electrical Safety Code, the NESC specifies best practices for
the safety of electric supply and communication utility systems at both
public and private utilities. Revised every five years, the commentary
period also marks the next phase of consideration of proposed revisions
to the long-standing code.
“2014 is a major milestone for the NESC, which has continually evolved
in the last century and quite literally helped save lives. To remain
realistic, practical and useful in the face of new developments,
technologies and challenges in the industry, NESC is constantly being
refined,” said Mike Hyland, NESC chair. “Today’s NESC is a relevant,
essential resource that protects the public, electrical professionals,
equipment and property.”
Early electric supply and communications systems were isolated in
nature, without standardized specifications addressing clearances,
materials strength, construction methods, or operations. The resulting
safety hazards for workers and the public alike led to a congressional
mandate for the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), the first NESC
Secretariat, to promulgate national standard practices in the NESC. In
continuous use since its inception in August 1914, the NESC is adopted
or otherwise used in every state of the United States of America and is
also used in more than 100 countries worldwide.
“The NESC has and will continue to evolve to meet the contemporary needs
of emerging technologies and changing industry demands,” said Allen
Clapp, former NESC chair and editor of the NESC Handbook: A Discussion
of the National Electrical Safety Code. “The revision process is an open
invitation to the businesses and industries that rely on the NESC,
giving them both a say in the code’s future and ensuring it remains a
robust document that helps to better ensure safety. We celebrate the
NESC’s long history of keeping utilities safe and efficient, and we look
forward to continuing this effort for another 100 years.”
On 1 September 2014, a preprint of the change proposals for
incorporation into the 2017 Edition of NESC will be published and
distributed by IEEE-SA. This eight-month open commentary period, which
closes on 1 May 2015, will allow interested parties to review, affirm,
or suggest additional changes to the code proposals, revising the NESC
2012 edition. For more information, please visit the NESC
IEEE-SA will also mark the NESC’s 100th year by posting
interesting NESC facts and milestones through its social media channels.
To learn more about IEEE-SA or the NESC as it progresses into the next
century, visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ieeesa,
follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ieeesa,
connect with us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1791118,
or on the Standards Insight Blog at http://www.standardsinsight.com.
About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting
body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process
that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.
IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current
scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of
over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development.
For more information visit http://standards.ieee.org/.
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated
to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly
cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional
and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety
of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and
telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and
consumer electronics. Learn more at http://www.ieee.org.
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