Last week NFPA Regional Electrical Code Specialist Jeff Sargent and I completed our two-week tour of California to provide a one-day program for AHJs (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) across several cities in northern California on the significant changes in the 2016 edition of the CA Electrical Code (based on NFPA 70: National Electrical Code 2014 edition). Every three years the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) updates the California Electrical Code, which consists of the NEC plus the amendments promulgated by the five state agencies involved in the code update process. The 2016 CEC becomes effective on January 1, 2017.
Presenting in Watsonville, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Manteca and Roseville, Jeff and I helped over 500 code enforcers understand how these changes impact their inspection activities in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial occupancies. Attendees also received a free 2016 edition of the CA Electrical Code.
NFPA received great logistical support from local members of the IAEI, UL, QPS Evaluation Services and NEMA, and Jeff and I are really happy to report the 2-week “CA Effective Enforcement Tour (EET)” was a huge success.
California is to be applauded for moving forward with the adoption of the 2016 California Electrical Code and its commitment to public safety by providing quality code enforcement. The effort to train the code enforcers on the newly adopted California Electrical Code helps ensure Californians are provided with safe electrical installations in every aspect of their lives.
NFPA supports statewide adoption of the NEC by providing free training for the AHJs, as this training furthers NFPA’s fire and electrical safety mission. If your state is interested in this type of training, feel free to contact Jeff or me for additional information at http://www.electricalcodecoalition.org/contact.aspx.