The mission of the Electrical Code Coalition is to increase focus and emphasis on electrical safety for persons and property through direct and full adoption, application and uniform enforcement of the latest edition of the National Electrical Code® (NFPA 70®) as the standard for safe electrical installations. Principles that support the ECC mission.
Coalition members include:
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. We also have more than 80 international electric companies as Affiliate Members, and more than 240 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Organized in 1933, EEI works closely with all of its members, representing their interests and advocating equitable policies in legislative and regulatory arenas. EEI provides public policy leadership, critical industry data, strategic business intelligence, one-of-a-kind conferences and forums, and top-notch products and services. For more information visit www.eei.org.
Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the premier non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety at home, at school, and in the workplace. ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries and fatalities. Founded in 1994 as a cooperative effort by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ESFI depends on the support of community and industry stakeholders to provide funding for the development of new programs and resources throughout the year. ESFI receives funding from electrical manufacturers, distributors, independent testing laboratories, retailers, insurers, utilities, safety organizations, and trade and labor associations. ESFI partners with corporations, industry organizations, community leaders, and the media to develop key resources and consistent electrical safety messages. These resources, available at no cost on ESFI’s website, are used to promote electrical safety education and awareness in schools, communities, and workplace environments. ESFI’s dynamic educational and awareness resources help educate consumers and the public about how to recognize warning signs of electrical hazards, provide information about advanced safety technologies that offer enhanced protection for the home and raise consumer awareness about dangerous counterfeit electrical products. Additionally, ESFI promotes safety in the workplace by providing educational and awareness materials to help employers ensure a safe working environment for their employees. For more information visit www.electrical-safety.org.
Independent Electrical Contractors
IEC is a national trade association serving the electrical and systems contracting industry. Believing in free and open competition, IEC is the voice for merit shop electrical contractors who make up a vast majority of the construction industry. IEC chapters and training centers are located across the country. IEC members are small, medium, and large contractors who work in an array of different industry sectors including residential, commercial, industrial, low-voltage, energy-efficient, and more. For more information, visit www.ieci.org.
International Association of Electrical Inspectors
IAEI is a membership driven, non-profit association promoting electrical safety throughout the industry by providing premier education, certification of inspectors, advocacy, partnerships and expert leadership in Electrical Codes and Standards development.
IAEI has two primary missions. The first is to facilitate safe installations by ensuring compliance to applicable installation codes, such as National Electrical Code and Canadian Electrical Code. This mission is accomplished by developing and presenting educational materials for the electrical industry in general, and for the inspector specifically. In addition, IAEI has developed Certified Electrical Inspector (CEI) programs in both the U.S. and Canada. These certifications set a baseline of qualifications to conduct inspections of electrical installations and ensure that the inspector stays abreast of changes to technology and Code-related installation requirements. Each year, more than 6,000 individuals participate in these certification and training sessions in the U.S. and Canada.
The second mission is to participate in the Codes and Standards process by providing input from the field in the development of electrical codes and standards. IAEI-US has two representatives on each of the nineteen National Electrical Code technical committees, as well as on the Technical Correlating Committee. Additionally, there are positions held on other codes and standards panels under the auspices of NFPA, UL, ICC, CSA and others. IAEI-Canada has representation to all 43 subcommittees on the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. These representations give IAEI unique input into the electrical safety infrastructure in North America.
IAEI has been a longtime participant and supporter of the North American Safety System. Through its history of 85 years, IAEI has strongly believed that this system is based on a strong, enforced electrical installation code (enforcement), using qualified personnel (inspectors, engineers and installers), and the value of Third Party Product Certification. Its active members and partners include diverse groups: electrical inspectors, testing agencies, standards organizations, manufacturers, distributors, installers and contractors. For more information visit www.iaei.org
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
The IBEW is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electricians in the trade for more than 117 years. With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. For more information, visit www.ibew.org.
National Armored Cable Manufacturers Association
The National Armored Cable Manufacturers Association (NACMA) is a membership organization composed of companies manufacturing Type AC or Type MC cables for use under the National Electrical Code. The Association was created to promote proper application, installation and use of armored cables and to educate electrical industry members. From its inception, the Association participated in codes, standards and educational arenas to provide information to users, installers and inspectors on the selection, installation and safe use of armored cable products. For more information visit www.nacmaonline.com.
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States and internationally. NECA traces its origins to the birth of modern electricity. In 1901, a group of electrical contractors met at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, where a major display of electric power had been installed. These contractors joined together to foster trade and reform abuses within their fledgling industry. Today, NECA continues their work, building on a legacy of protecting the public and making innovation possible. Electrical contractors perform specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Whether high-voltage power transmission or low-voltage lighting, electrical contractors ensure these systems work in a safe, effective, and environmentally-sound manner. NECA represents electrical contractors from firms of all sizes performing a range of services. While most NECA contractors qualify as small businesses, many large, multinational companies are also members of the association. For more information visit www.necanet.org.
National Electrical Manufacturer's Association
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association, a recognized leader in the standardization of electrical and medical imaging equipment, has for eight decades been at the center of change in what is arguably the most influential industry in the last century. In the early years of a new century, the association is still prominent, and its reach, once limited largely to the United States, is becoming ever more international.
Created in 1926, NEMA has sponsored the development of thousands of standards, thus helping to bring safe, compatible electrical products to market; made numerous important contributions to U.S. public policy; and served as a central agency for gathering, compiling, and analyzing market statistics and economic data. NEMA is the trade association of choice through which the electroindustry develops and promotes positions on standards and government regulations, and is the preeminent source of worldwide market information for the electroindustry.
Headquartered in Rosslyn,Virginia, NEMA represents a global network of over 400 large, medium, and small businesses that manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Annual shipments of these products exceed $100 billion. For more information visit www.nema.org.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards.
NFPA has been the developer and publisher of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®) since 1911. The NEC continues to be the most widely used code for the built environment in the world, establishing the standard for safe electrical installations. The code has been adopted in almost every state in the U.S., in many territories, and in several countries. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org.
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL)
UL certifies, validates, tests, inspects, audits, and advises and trains. We provide the knowledge and expertise to help customers navigate growing complexities across the supply chain from compliance and regulatory issues to trade challenges and market access. In this way, we facilitate global trade and deliver peace of mind.
UL has five businesses, Product Safety, Verification Services, Life & Health, Knowledge Services and Environment, to demonstrate its expanding breadth of expertise and growing range of services to offer solutions needed in a constantly evolving world.
UL works with a diverse array of stakeholders every day to make the world safer and provide assurance. We optimize the supply chain for manufacturers and provide them a broad range of services that support every stage of the product life cycle. UL works with retailers on inspections and audits. We consult with governments on initiatives that facilitate global trade and collaborate with industry on standards that create level playing fields.
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