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State-by-State Guide to NEC Adoption

This may come as a surprise, but the National Electrical Code is not, in itself, a legally enforceable document. The National Fire Protection Association, which publishes the NEC in a document coded NFPA 70, is an international nonprofit organization; it has no authority to create laws or legally enforceable regulations. However, under state law, you probably do have to adhere… Continue Reading

Are OSHA Regulations the Same as Laws?

Most employers in the U.S. are familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or, as it’s better known, OSHA. They must adhere to OSHA regulations to avoid costly fines and other penalties. But what exactly is an OSHA regulation? How do standards differ from laws? Every citizen must obey the law, but are there occasions or circumstances that make… Continue Reading

OSHA Fall Protection Rules for Construction Electricians

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues fall-protection rules for workers in the construction industry, including installation electricians. While construction electricians may not face the same risks as electrical workers in other fields — linemen, for instance, or wind-turbine maintenance techs — wiring a new construction often requires electricians to work at height. The risks of such work are… Continue Reading

Lighting Installation on a Tight Timeline: Labor-Saving Strategies

Not every electrical contracting firm can deliver on a short-schedule lighting installation project. However, those who can leverage time-saving strategies, advanced equipment, and robust prefabrication facilities to meet tight deadlines are often the most successful companies in the industry. It is not easy to improve productivity without sacrificing quality. With the rise of fast-track construction and aspirational project timelines in… Continue Reading

Safety and Ergonomics for Commercial Lighting Installation Jobs

Commercial lighting installation is a major part of any nonresidential construction project. It is important to recognize and address the safety hazards associated with the job — especially since these risks are intensified by strong demand for lighting in the commercial sector. The latest Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides a snapshot of… Continue Reading

Creating Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans that are FSIS-Compliant

Every meat and poultry processor in the United States must create a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan. This is according to regulations set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, an investigative wing of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But what does the HACCP plan entail? And how can small and beginning food operations complete the… Continue Reading