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Steve Campolo

Steve Campolo is presently employed by Leviton Manufacturing Company Inc., and is vice president, engineering, personnel protection products. He has been with Leviton over 27 years. He has prior experience at Underwriters Laboratories, Dayton T. Brown Laboratories and others. His education includes a master's degree from Long Island University, a bachelor's degree from New York Institute of Technology and an associate's degree from Suffolk County Community College. Mr. Campolo served on code-making panel 17 for two and one-half cycles and is now serving on panel 18. He also serves on the UL STP for transient voltage surge suppressers, flexible cords, appliance leakage circuit interrupters, electronic controls, arc-fault circuit interrupters, ground-fault circuit interrupters and others. He is also chairman of the NEMA Technical Committee for GFCI's.


Which came first, the NEC rule for the product standard; or does the egg precede the chicken?

Anyone who has served on an NEC code-making panel or a standards development organization’s advisory committee, knows how intertwined these two endeavors are. Simply being a user of the NEC or any third party product standard, one sees that the interrelationship between a product standard and the applicable installation code is paramount to safety and well-known. However, the process whereby one standard can influence the other can often be fuzzy and downright confusing. This article will examine by example several recent interactions between installation code and product standards.