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HeathGarrison.200 Heath Garrison is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for electrical safety and electrical installations for the entire laboratory at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The 327-acre campus in Golden, Colorado, houses four LEED-rated buildings.

Heath is a Certified Master Electrician and an ICC Certified Electrical Inspector with 15 years of commercial, industrial, and residential experience. He recently passed the exam to earn the NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) certification.  The CESCP is the newest certification offered by NFPA and is specifically designed to meet the certification requirements of supervisors managing electricians and other facilities personnel who work with electrical power systems.

In his current role, Heath is responsible for assuring the compliance of the latest current edition of NFPA 70®:  National Electrical Code®, NFPA 70E®: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, IEEE C2 National Electrical Safety Code, and OSHA 1910.  He enforces the requirements of the Electrical Safety Program and ensures the workplace safety of electrical, instrument, electronics, and refrigeration technicians.

Career Path

He began his training as an apprentice and he continues by taking classes towards earning his Electrical Engineering degree. Recently, he’s had the opportunity to train in specific areas related to NFPA 70®, NFPA 70E®, and electrical circuitry.

Eligibility requirements to earn CESCP

An important eligibility requirement is completion of 40 hours or 4.0 CEUs of electrical safety training. Heath has spent the past several years diligently earning the following certificates:

CESCP-logoNFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace Seminar (2012 Edition)
NFPA 70E® - 2012 Update
• High Voltage Electrical Worker Safety
• Identifying and Installing Low Voltage Circuits
NEC® Overview for Lab Workers
• Continuing Education with the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation, for electricians

CESCPcertificateTo pass you must reach a scaled score of 70 percent or higher, and we’re pleased to reward Mr. Garrison one of the first CESCP certificates! 


The NFPA Certification Team is looking forward to sharing more profiles in Certification in the coming months!

Learn more about CESCP and NFPA Certification.

NFPA News The December issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Comments sought on proposed TIAs on NFPA 13, 25, 99, 780, 1981 and 1982
  • View the submitted public comments on the Fall 2014 documents
  • Errata issued on NFPA 70 and 1500
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committee meetings calendar

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Lakeland fire
A person living in a storage area behind a strip mall was responsible for a recent fire that damaged four businesses.

A candle used by the individual, who had permission to be there, had accidentally ignited a nearby mattress, states a report from Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) in Florida. A cluster of businesses in the building--including a tattoo parlor, barber shop, thrift store, and Latin restaurant--were fortunately empty at the time of the fire. Some businesses, however, sustained a collective $300,000 in damage. There were no injuries.

Review all of NFPA's tips on candle safety to prevent a similar event from occurring. Thanks to PCFR for photos of the event:

Strip mall fire

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Night LightBefore dawn during Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I had to make an unplanned trip to Connecticut to attend the funeral of a beloved aunt. We were exhausted by the end of the day’s events. That night, we stayed at my parents’ house in my childhood bedroom on the second floor. When we turned off the lights, the entire floor was pitch dark. We both remarked on it, then dozed off.

Read the full post by NFPA's Lisa Braxton on our Safety Source blog.

9912The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, is being published for public review and comment:

  • Proposed TIA No. 1125 referencing through and A. through A. of the 2012 edition and proposed 2015 edition

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the January 17, 2014 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

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