Last August, people from 12 states who attended the 2014 National Electrical Code® adoption workshop were asked to list as many reasons as they could why the timely adoption of the NEC® is important and to rank their reasons in order of importance. According to Jeff Sargent, NFPA's regional electrical code specialist, this is particularly important in the areas of the United States where forces are working to delay code adoption and amend critical safety requirements. The participants came up with seven reasons, including improved safety and reduced liability.
The exercise is already paying dividends, Jeff says. One workshop participant later told him that he'd told a recent meeting of his state's construction code council what he had learned at the workshop and that the group voted to move adopt the 2014 NEC, even though it was not obligated to do so by state statute.