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Jim Dollard

Jim Dollard is the safety coordinator for IBEW Local 98 in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to this position, Jim worked as an apprentice, journeyman wireman, foreman and apprentice training instructor. He has served on many code-making committees in the NFPA consensus process. In the revision process for the National Electrical Code, Jim served on CMP-15 in the 1999 cycle, as chairman of CMP-10 for three cycles in 2002, 2005 and 2008, and on CMP-10 and CMP-13 for both the 2011 and 2014 cycles. Jim also serves on the NEC Technical Correlating Committee, on NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and the NFPA 90A/90B committee. Jim is an active member of the UL Electrical Council, NFPA, IAEI and the NFPA Electrical Section.


Voltage Thresholds in the NEC. Moving on up?

There were 120 proposals submitted to raise the 600-volt threshold in the NEC to 1000-volts in the 2014 NEC cycle. These proposals were submitted by the High Voltage Task Group (HVTG), which was appointed by the NEC Correlating Committee. The HVTG was charged to review all NEC requirements and/or the lack of requirements for circuits and systems operating at over 600-volts.

Electrical Safety: A Changing Environment

What does the term electrical safety really mean? Stop reading for a moment and think about what electrical safety means to you. The hazards are electrical shock, arc-flash and arc-blast. Electrical safety is achieved by taking all of the necessary steps to provide our homes with safe electrical systems...

Feeder and Transformer Secondary Tap Conductors

Applying the rules of the 2002 NEC for tap conductors is a topic that has generated many interesting code discussions on jobsites as well as at inspector meetings. The discussion and application of the tap rules in the NEC must begin with the conductor in question.