According to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3783, “The "practice of electrical inspection" includes any ascertainment of compliance with the Ohio building code, or the electrical code of a political subdivision of this state by a person, who, for compensation, inspects the construction and installation of electrical conductors, fittings, devices, and fixtures for light, heat or power services equipment, or the installation, alteration, replacement, maintenance, or repair of any electrical wiring and equipment that is subject to any of the aforementioned codes.” (Emphasis added)
One can see that the definition of the “practice of electrical inspection” includes two basic activities:
1.Ascertaining compliance with the approved construction documents.
2.Inspecting the construction and installation of electrical conductors, fittings, devices, and fixtures for light, heat or power services equipment, or the installation, alteration, replacement, maintenance, or repair of any electrical wiring and equipment that is subject to the Ohio building code.
This definition is what sets apart the ESI from other building construction disciplines.
Our monthly meetings include a business meeting, discussion of installations that we see in the field on a daily basis, and technical reviews of installation techniques, all to help assure consistent, safe, code compliant installations, and of course, a 2-hour subject-specific training session providing recertification credits for BBS, OCILB, and Kentucky certifications.
Although the NEC is revised on a regular basis, the basics of electrical safety have always followed a common path…to seek to reduce the likelihood of shock and fire hazards by sound installation practices. The SW Division brings together member electricians, electrical contractors, engineers, plans examiners, electrical inspectors and vendors from 19 southwest Ohio counties.
Regardless of our individual roles in the electrical industry, we all contribute to improving electrical safety. We learn from technical instruction and printed material. We also learn from each other. We learn together.
We encourage you to attend our monthly meetings and feel free to participate in the process.
Gaylord Poe, Past-President