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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
As we all struggle to find any semblance of normal in our lives today. Electrical contractors and inspection agencies try to find some balance in serving the needs of business owners and residents in the communities we serve while maintaining safety for employees and the public. Organization involvement is also challenged with some of the same concerns and our Southwest Division IAEI is no different. The executive board met on Thursday virtually and discussed how we could have a SW Division meeting on our normal meeting date scheduled May 13, 2020. The outcome of that discussion was to have a meeting offered virtually only and NOT ON SITE.We will be using Zoom meeting software and it will include a normal business meeting and education just if you were in attendance at the Library in Monroe. IAEI members will receive two hours of credit to attend the meeting.
We have spoken with Carol Ross at OCILB and Megan Foley at OBBS and they are encouraged that we are trying this technology to provide education for our membership. OCILB has graciously waived the normal fee for our two hour class that is charged for the electrical contractors in attendance. We are extremely grateful to OCILB to dismiss this concern. Your SW Division is always looking at ways to be leaders in education, even if it involves new ways to provide it. While I would rather be meeting in person and hopefully we will be able to return back to that method in the future; we will try this alternate method for now and see how it goes. I know we will probably have some growing pains with the new technology and hope everyone will appreciate the effort from the SW Division to tackle, overcome these fears and still provide quality education to our membership.
Please know that you will have to download the FREE Zoom software to view this online meeting in advance. Please be watching for emails within the next few days with the link, access information and meeting details to follow about our May meeting. Until then, be safe and help others to remain safe.
Our education topic will be “Field Procedures” and will be taught by Dewayne Jenkins.
Yours in electrical safety,
SW Division President