SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY

A leader in its commitment to safety within the construction industry, NECA Boston understands that a safe site is the first and foremost priority of its construction firms. In an effort to enhance the prospect for its member electrical construction firms to establish the safest possible work environments, NECA Boston has taken a proactive role in the introduction of a Safety Services Program. By adhering to procedures that help ensure a safe site, contractors create healthier, more productive work environments for workers, decrease downtime and employee absences and decrease the possibility of OSHA fines and costly litigation.

COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY SUPPORT SERVICES & PUBLICATIONS

The NECA Boston safety initiative also includes a comprehensive array of safety training programs, safety manuals, publications, computer software and videos. These publications and support efforts are geared to help Chapter members establish and deliver sound company-wide safety programs.

The Electrical Contractors Safety Program and Electrical Construction Employee Safety Handbook are among the many publications NECA Boston provides to assist contractors in setting up safety plans and policies, to meet written requirements and to ensure that employees are familiar with the industry’s safety rules and OSHA safety regulations. NECA Boston also provides the OSHA Safety and Health Standards Digest for Electrical Construction – a pocket-size digest based on OSHA’s standards for the construction industry and intended for field use by electrical workers and supervisors.

CODES & STANDARDS

NECA Boston supports the instrumental role NECA plays in the development of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) to assure that quality standards in electrical construction are consistently met.

National Electrical Code. The NEC, published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has long been the standard for providing time-tested safeguards against electrical hazards to people and property. It is the basis for the Massachusetts Electrical Code and is used in every state in the U.S., as well as in many other countries. It is the most widely adopted code in the world.

The NEC is developed by more than 400 electrical experts under consensus procedures that allow broad public review and participation. The code is approved as an “official” regulatory standard by the American National Standards Institute. Boston Chapter NECA supports the position of having the National Electrical Code as the singular code with which electrical contractors comply.

National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS). NECA also publishes National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS), which are the first quality standards for electrical construction. They define what is meant by installing products and systems in a “neat and workmanlike manner” as required by the National Electrical Code. NEIS is the first ANSI-approved quality and workmanship standards for electrical construction. They are developed in a climate of openness and broad, industry-wide participation.

Everything in NECA’s installation standards comply with the NEC, but because they are quality control and performance standards, most NEIS also contain additional requirements that go beyond, and extend basic NEC safety requirements. With NEIS, the electrical installations that are designed or installed not only meets code, but it meets the shared expectations of everyone involved: owner, specifying engineer, electrical contractor and the authority having jurisdiction.

National Electrical Installation Standards

NECA also publishes various code and other technical publications to help educate users about the National Electrical Code, state electrical regulations and performance requirements for electrical and communications products and systems.

For more information about NECA safety standards visit:

www.necanet.org

www.nfpa.org