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
Dear Members of the SW Division,
Season’s Greetings! As we approach the door step of another holiday season let us remind ourselves of the many blessings that we’ve had throughout this past year.
Yes, I know we’ve all had some challenges and struggled with one thing or another. Honestly, what matters the most to you? My faith, family and friends bring me the most joy during the holidays. I Hope this holiday brings you all the wonderful things that we may come to expect. My hope is that everyone gets an opportunity to enjoy what this time of year has to offer.
As I reflect over the things to celebrate and be thankful for this holiday, I’m reminded of our friends who we’ve lost the past year and their families.
Also be thankful for all those who are serving or have served in the military and those ultimately who paid the greatest sacrifice to preserve the very freedom for us to celebrate these holidays.
I hope this next year brings you all much success and prosperity.
Let us all humbly make a difference to the residents and business owners in which we serve to make our communities electrically safer. We all have an important role in this goal and I hope we all keep our focus on the gravity of the jobs we perform and keep electrical safety in our sight as the purpose of our efforts to achieve.
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah to all of you! Have a Happy New Year as well.
Yours in electrical safety,
SW Division IAEI President
President, SW Division IAEI