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Principles supporting our mission

 

The Electrical Code Coalition mission 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® (NEC®) as the standard for safe electrical installations.

Principles that support the ECC mission

Direct Adoption of the National Electrical Code®
The Electrical Code Coalition affirms that the requirements contained in National Electrical Code have provided for the practical safeguarding of persons and property against the hazards arising from the use of electricity for over 115 years. As the cornerstone of the US electrical safety system since 1897, the consensusā€based NEC keeps pace with advancements in the electrical industry by continuing to evolve through each revision in order to facilitate the safe installation and use of electricity in homes,businesses, institutions, and industry. The Electrical Code Coalition supports the direct adoption of the most current edition of the NEC in order to ensure that there are safe installation requirements in place to allow uniform implementation of the latest developments in electrical systems, equipment, and technology to meet consumer demand.

Qualified Electrical Contractors and Installers
The Electrical Code Coalition affirms that qualified electrical contractors and installers are essential to an effective electrical safety system. Electrical contractors and installers provide vital services in constructing and maintaining electrical infrastructures and are responsible for electrical system performance and efficacy. Qualified electrical contractors uphold high standards in business operations, project management, establishing and maintaining safe workplaces, and attaining compliance with the National Electrical Code and other codes applicable to electrical installations within their responsibilities. Electrical contractors value the skills and knowledge of trained and qualified installers to safely perform electrical installations that meet the needs of their customers.

NEC Requirements Specifying Use of Certified (Listed) Products
The Electrical Code Coalition affirms that the installation and use of electrical products evaluated to product safety standards recognized in the US and certified by qualified, independent electrical testing laboratories protect the public, property, and workers against electrical shock and fire hazards. The use of certified (listed) products to meet the requirements of the National Electrical Code provides electrical inspectors with an objective basis on which to approve electrical installations.

Effective Electrical Permitting and Inspection Program
The Electrical Code Coalition affirms that an efficient and effective electrical permitting and inspection program is an essential element toward ensuring safe electrical installations and uniform interpretation of adopted codes and standards. Electrical inspections performed by qualified electrical inspectors provides an independent, unbiased evaluation of an electrical installation that is a key component toward ensuring the installation complies with applicable safety codes and standards resulting in an installation that is safe for the consumer.

Qualified Electrical Inspectors
The Electrical Code Coalition affirms that qualified electrical inspectors are essential to an effective electrical safety system. Electrical inspectors are responsible for approval of equipment and electrical installations to confirm compliance with adopted codes and standards. Confirmation of compliance with the National Electrical Code and other codes applicable to electrical installations provides practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. Working with electrical industry partners places qualified electrical inspectors in a position to be a resource for many electrical industry needs in their communities.