M04 ­Emergency Power Standards for Health Care Under the 2012 Codes (PDF, 2.4 MB)
Presenter(s): David Stymiest, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
Given by the NFPA 110/111 Chairman, this session discusses changes to NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems, that can affect both future accreditation activities and emergency power reliability. Major differences between the pre-2000 editions currently referenced and the 2010 editions referenced by both NFPA 101®-2012 and NFPA 99-2012 will be highlighted. Clarifications and new information in the 2013 editions are also covered to assist health care facilities in complying with the 2012 Life Safety Code® as well as newer building codes.
Sponsors: Electrical Section, Health Care Section 

M18 ­The Benefits of Your Community Adopting the Most Current NEC® 
Presenter(s): Alan Manche, Schneider Electric; Jeffrey Sargent, NFPA 
Safety Codes & Standards are vital to the safety of our communities. They are critical in driving the country’s infrastructure, safety, new construction, and even modifications to current infrastructure where modernization is taking place. The demands for these codes to address alternative fuels, more efficient construction techniques, “smart” infrastructure, enhancements in safety technology, and operational efficiency across the infrastructure, including homes, commercial buildings, and industrial operations, continues to be apparent across numerous Codes & Standards. The formation of the Coalition for Current Safety Codes sets the stage for communicating, educating, and advocating the importance for communities to adopt and enforce the most current safety Codes & Standards. This session will focus on the adoption of the National Electrical Code, but the discussion is germane to the adoption other many other Codes & Standards.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section 

M34 ­Changes to NFPA 70E®, 2015, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® (PDF, 60 KB)
Presenter(s): David  Dini, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.; Paul Dobrowsky, Innovative Tech Services
The session includes first revisions acted on by the technical committee. The information will be applicable to everyone having a basic understanding of electrical safety and NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®.
Sponsor: Electrical Section 

M44 ­Buyer Beware: Counterfeit Electrical Products 
Presenter(s): Brett Brenner, Electrical Safety Foundation International
Electrical product counterfeiting is a serious and growing problem. Consumer electronics/electrical devices were the top counterfeit commodity seized in the U.S. in 2011, surpassing even footwear. Unlike illegitimate sneakers, counterfeit electrical products put the safety of our families and communities at risk. These inferior products can unknowingly be used in manufacturing, military, critical infrastructure, and consumer product applications. Yet, less than one-third of Americans even realize that electrical products, like extension cords and holiday lights, are counterfeited. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the premier nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to electrical safety, leads the electrical industry’s effort to raise awareness of the dangers posed by counterfeit electrical products. ESFI also provides free tools to help community safety organizations in their electrical safety awareness efforts.
Sponsors: Electrical Section, Education Section 

T47 ­NFPA 79 Significant Changes for 2015 (PDF, 2 MB)
Presenter(s):
Mark Hilbert, MRH Electrical Inspections & Training 
NFPA 79, Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, provides prescriptive requirements for electrical equipment installed as part of an industrial machine. This session will cover the proposed changes as seen in the First Draft of the 2015 edition and the comments submitted for the Final Draft.
Sponsor: Electrical Section

T59 ­Electrical Safety — A Shared Responsibility (PDF, 18 MB)
Presenter(s):
 Michael Johnston, NECA
This session provides a detailed look at the responsibilities of employers and employees when dealing with safety on construction sites and in workplaces in general. The session provides emphasis on recognizing and avoiding hazards and how to effectively implement safe work practices in the field. Use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be covered.
Sponsor: Electrical Section 

W11 The Basics of Electrical Hazardous Locations (PDF, 749 KB)
Presenter(s): Mark  Ode, UL
The NEC®, NFPA 497, and NFPA 499 address gases, vapors, and dust explosion hazards. This session will focus on explaining the basic requirements for determining a hazardous location.
Sponsor: Electrical Section 

W15 Hurricane Hardened Emergency Systems — What COPS Means to Your Facilities (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenter(s): Michael Alford, Spencer Perry, and Paul Pouliot, CDM Smith
In response to events in the recent past (e.g., terrorist attacks, power grid failure, natural disasters), the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) was revised to incorporate Article 708, Critical Operation Power Systems. This applies to installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical systems in facilities where incapacitation would disrupt national security, the economy, public health/safety, etc. This session will provide an overview of Article 708, focusing on the design of emergency power systems for critical facilities in relation to hurricane hardening. The session will cover hardening considerations for all aspects of an emergency power system. The session will conclude with a case study of two emergency generator installations in Florida and how each facility performed during the summer of 2004 when this area of Florida was impacted by three major hurricanes.

W26 NFPA 70E Approach to Considering DC Hazards (PDF, 212 KB)
Presenter(s):
 Bobby Gray, Hoydar-Buck, Inc.; Stephen McCluer, Schneider Electric
NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, recently has taken a special interest in protecting employees in workplaces where dc voltage sources are present. With the collaboration of the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee’s Code Working Group and the research and development community, the NFPA 70E Technical Committee has introduced rules to the standard to address these hazards. This session will lead the attendee through the subject material introduced into the 2012 edition, as well as provide a preview of what can be expected in the 2015 edition. Sponsor: Electrical Section

W32 The Investigation of NM Cable Ignition under Voltage Surge (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Presenter(s): Paul Brazis and Fan He, UL
New and undamaged NM (nonmetallic) cable has very high breakdown voltage of more than 10KV, and it is unlikely that a voltage surge in the residential electrical distribution system may generate electrical arc through NM cable insulation. But a test and experiment have shown that the damaged NM cable has much lower breakdown voltage, and voltage surge in the residential electrical distribution system may arc through the damaged NM cable. This session discusses the voltage surge test for damaged NM cable and data analysis results. 

W53 Applying Arc Flash Reduction Maintenance Systems (PDF, 269 KB)
Presenter(s): 
Ed Larsen, Schneider Electric USA
Section 240.87 of the 2011 NEC® requires the use of arc flash reduction maintenance systems, or other arc flash mitigation means, in certain instances. The proposed changes to this section in the 2014 edition may expand the instances where such systems are needed. This session will draw attention to the issues which should be addressed when applying arc flash reduction maintenance systems. These issues include where the function needs to be located, locking and feedback capability, arc flash labeling needs, and code compliance.
Sponsor: Electrical Section