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About the Electrical Code Coalition

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The Electrical Code Coalition* (ECC), formed in 1996, comprises electrical and safety organizations dedicated to safe electrical installations and products wherever electrical power is used. The leaders of these organizations have signed proclamations that promote the safety objectives of the Electrical Code Coalition. Most of these organizations have local chapters or other grassroots representation in all 50 states with members who live and work in those states. The Coalition provides resources that can be used by promulgating agencies and local electrical safety advocates to support adoption of the National Electrical Code®. Principles that support the ECC mission.


Join the Coalition

We invite all parties interested in advancing electrical safety by advocating for direct and full adoption, application and uniform enforcement of the most recent edition of the National Electrical Code®. The following organizations are committed to the mission, principles, objectives and strategies of the Electrical Code Coalition. Principles that support the ECC mission. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Coalition!

Founding Members: Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), National Armored Cable Manufacturers Association (NACMA), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), National Electrical Manufacturer's Association (NEMA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL)

Supporting Members: American Council of Electrical Safety (ACES)


Coalition members

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. We also have more than 80 international electric companies as Affiliate Members, and more than 240 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Organized in 1933, EEI works closely with all of its members, representing their interests and advocating equitable policies in legislative and regulatory arenas. EEI provides public policy leadership, critical industry data, strategic business intelligence, one-of-a-kind conferences and forums, and top-notch products and services.  eei 

 
Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the premier non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety at home, at school, and in the workplace.  ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries and fatalities. Founded in 1994 as a cooperative effort by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ESFI depends on the support of community and industry stakeholders to provide funding for the development of new programs and resources throughout the year. ESFI receives funding from electrical manufacturers, distributors, independent testing laboratories, retailers, insurers, utilities, safety organizations, and trade and labor associations. ESFI partners with corporations, industry organizations, community leaders, and the media to develop key resources and consistent electrical safety messages. These resources, available at no cost on ESFI’s website, are used to promote electrical safety education and awareness in schools, communities, and workplace environments.  ESFI’s dynamic educational and awareness resources help educate consumers and the public about how to recognize warning signs of electrical hazards, provide information about advanced safety technologies that offer enhanced protection for the home and raise consumer awareness about dangerous counterfeit electrical products.  Additionally, ESFI promotes safety in the workplace by providing educational and awareness materials to help employers ensure a safe working environment for their employees. esfi 
   
Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is a national trade association serving the electrical and systems contracting industry. Believing in free and open competition, IEC is the voice for merit shop electrical contractors who make up a vast majority of the construction industry. IEC chapters and training centers are located across the country. IEC members are small, medium, and large contractors who work in an array of different industry sectors including residential, commercial, industrial, low-voltage, energy-efficient, and more.  iec 
   
International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) is a membership driven, non-profit association promoting electrical safety throughout the industry by providing premier education, certification of inspectors, advocacy, partnerships and expert leadership in electrical codes and standards development. IAEI has two primary missions. The first is to facilitate safe installations by ensuring compliance to applicable installation codes, such as National Electrical Code and Canadian Electrical Code. This mission is accomplished by developing and presenting educational materials for the electrical industry in general, and for the inspector specifically. In addition, IAEI has developed Certified Electrical Inspector (CEI) programs in both the U.S. and Canada. These certifications set a baseline of qualifications to conduct inspections of electrical installations and ensure that the inspector stays abreast of changes to technology and Code-related installation requirements. Each year, more than 6,000 individuals participate in these certification and training sessions in the U.S. and Canada. The second mission is to participate in the Codes and Standards process by providing input from the field in the development of electrical codes and standards. IAEI-US has two representatives on each of the nineteen National Electrical Code technical committees, as well as on the Technical Correlating Committee. Additionally, there are positions held on other codes and standards panels under the auspices of NFPA, UL, ICC, CSA and others. IAEI-Canada has representation to all 43 subcommittees on the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. These representations give IAEI unique input into the electrical safety infrastructure in North America. IAEI has been a longtime participant and supporter of the North American Safety System. Through its history of 85 years, IAEI has strongly believed that this system is based on a strong, enforced electrical installation code (enforcement), using qualified personnel (inspectors, engineers and installers), and the value of Third Party Product Certification. Its active members and partners include diverse groups: electrical inspectors, testing agencies, standards organizations, manufacturers, distributors, installers and contractors.  iaei 
   
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electricians in the trade for more than 117 years.  With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.  ibew 
   
National Armored Cable Manufacturers Association (NACMA) is a membership organization composed of companies manufacturing Type AC or Type MC cables for use under the National Electrical Code. The Association was created to promote proper application, installation and use of armored cables and to educate electrical industry members. From its inception, the Association participated in codes, standards and educational arenas to provide information to users, installers and inspectors on the selection, installation and safe use of armored cable products.  nacma 
   
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States and internationally. NECA traces its origins to the birth of modern electricity. In 1901, a group of electrical contractors met at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, where a major display of electric power had been installed. These contractors joined together to foster trade and reform abuses within their fledgling industry. Today, NECA continues their work, building on a legacy of protecting the public and making innovation possible. Electrical contractors perform specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Whether high-voltage power transmission or low-voltage lighting, electrical contractors ensure these systems work in a safe, effective, and environmentally-sound manner. NECA represents electrical contractors from firms of all sizes performing a range of services. While most NECA contractors qualify as small businesses, many large, multinational companies are also members of the association.  neca 
   
National Electrical Manufacturer's Association (NEMA) a recognized leader in the standardization of electrical and medical imaging equipment, has for eight decades been at the center of change in what is arguably the most influential industry in the last century. In the early years of a new century, the association is still prominent, and its reach, once limited largely to the United States, is becoming ever more international. Created in 1926, NEMA has sponsored the development of thousands of standards, thus helping to bring safe, compatible electrical products to market; made numerous important contributions to U.S. public policy; and served as a central agency for gathering, compiling, and analyzing market statistics and economic data. NEMA is the trade association of choice through which the electroindustry develops and promotes positions on standards and government regulations, and is the preeminent source of worldwide market information for the electroindustry. Headquartered in Rosslyn, VA, NEMA represents a global network of over 400 large, medium, and small businesses that manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Annual shipments of these products exceed $100 billion.  nema 
   
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. NFPA has been the developer and publisher of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®) since 1911. The NEC continues to be the most widely used code for the built environment in the world, establishing the standard for safe electrical installations. The code has been adopted in almost every state in the U.S., in many territories, and in several countries. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) certifies, validates, tests, inspects, audits, and advises and trains. We provide the knowledge and expertise to help customers navigate growing complexities across the supply chain from compliance and regulatory issues to trade challenges and market access. In this way, we facilitate global trade and deliver peace of mind. UL has five businesses, Product Safety, Verification Services, Life & Health, Knowledge Services and Environment, to demonstrate its expanding breadth of expertise and growing range of services to offer solutions needed in a constantly evolving world. UL works with a diverse array of stakeholders every day to make the world safer and provide assurance. We optimize the supply chain for manufacturers and provide them a broad range of services that support every stage of the product life cycle. UL works with retailers on inspections and audits. We consult with governments on initiatives that facilitate global trade and collaborate with industry on standards that create level playing fields. Today's realities require that we offer services relevant to different audiences. UL offers software solutions to controllers interested in workplace safety, safety certification for toy manufacturers, transaction security guidance to financial service executives, and consulting to sustainability officers seeking insight about the macro and micro complexities that impact their companies’ environmental performance. However different and varied our customers are, they are all committed to do business effectively, efficiently and with a trusted expert. To help mitigate the emerging risks, UL is developing New Science. Through fundamental discovery, testing methodologies and equipment, procedures, software and standards, UL is creating new and important ways to make the world safer. ul 
   


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 consensus‐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.