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Michael Savage, Sr.

Michael L. Savage, Sr. is the chief inspector for Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc. in Easton, Maryland, and is in charge of the DELMARVA Region. He is a certified Master Code Professional (MCP) and Certified Building Official (CBO) through ICC along with 32+ other ICC certifications, in addition to being a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) by NFPA. He serves on the National Electric Code on CMP-13, NFPA 101, and NFPA 80 Committees, as well as being secretary of the Architect Engineers and Building Officials (AEBO) Member Section of NFPA. E-mail your comments to


Working Safely with Electricity...for the Electrical Inspector?

Not too many years ago, I was conversing with a friend of mine, who is also an electrical inspector, about which codes and standards apply to electrical inspectors and, for that matter, any construction inspector during the course of their appointed duties. During our rather lively discussion, he mentioned that his supervisor, who is a building code administrator, believed electrical inspectors were liberated from having to comply with NFPA 70E. One can speculate about the reasons, although many of us can surely see the potential budget expenses of getting all the inspectors on one’s staff certified to inspect equipment "hot.” My friend and I ended our conversation with my promising to commit a future article to these ponderings…. I guess it is never too late!

Certification vs. License, Which Is Better?

Many years ago I wrote an article for a local newsletter very similar to this about the difference between certifications and experience. In that article I discussed the differences between the two; in this article, I want to discuss the difference between achieving a certification and the requirements behind a license.

Who Are Our Future Electricians?

It has been estimated that by the year 2014, the construction industry will face a deficit of more than 1.5 million craft professionals, and 20% of the construction workforce will retire in the next two to four years.

To code or not to code… is it even a question?

Be an inspector for long enough and at some point you will be asking yourself that very same question. In over 16 years of code enforcement, I have tried to never think that I have seen it all; because, as soon as you think you have something new shows up.