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IAEI George Washington Chapter — Links and Descriptions

We are a chapter of a Not-for-Profit incorporated association, and have a copy of the International Association's 501(C)(6) form available. Our tax ID number is 522092888. Note, though, that as IAEI is classified as a 501(C)(6) organization, donations do not qualify as tax deductions.

These are a few web sites that may be useful to people looking for answers to questions on the NEC, IAEI, or our chapter:

IAEI International Office -- includes membership information, a bulletin board for Code and other questions, jobs .... -- links to this very site, with our chapter's news, including meetings, seminars. . .

Various electricians and consultants have sites with useful information, including lots of links to Codes and Standards organizations. They include the following:

    A link to the site of the National Fire Protection Association, which publishes the NEC and many other codes. You can read any edition of their codes, free (albeit without printing them or searching them electronically), provided that you agree basically not to violate their rights in the documents. And that's just a taste of what the site offers

  •  Redwood Kardon's site includes information on both electrical and other codes.

  • Mike Holt's site

  • A board that includes discussion of Code violations .

  •  is a magazine site that includes pictures of Code violations.

  •  includes Code quizzes, discussion of electrical violations.

  •  is largely concerned with international product safety standards, but includes, for example, links to all the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories.

  • <> has many discussion forums devoted to particular segments of the electrical community or particular types of electrical work; two forums there are devoted to codes and standards

Health and Safety for Electricians and Inspectors

A wide range of information is available to help us avoid getting injured or sick as the result of our work. I have summarized reports that I have reason to believe are unbiased but that you don't need to read in full; and I provide links to other reports that don't lend themselves to quick summary.

First, though, an excellent web site. The somewhat-cumbersomely named Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health at offers papers on work hazards, product recall notices, and a host of other material categorized by the type of job you're on or by trade.

    Saving Electrocution Victims

NIOSH, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, published a report about what it has taken to revive someone who got zapped badly enough that his heart stopped. The answer is CPR within four (4) minutes, and then advanced support from a medic within eight (8). If you leave the victim lying there with their heart stopped much longer than four minutes without at least CPR, they may not survive when you might otherwise have saved them.

    Prevent Electrocution from Backfeeds

NIOSH has looked at this one too. Lockout, tagout, safety grounding, testing: you know the drill.

    Damaged outlets

Sometimes workers make do with deteriorated equipment. NIOSH published a report about people being shocked, even electrocuted, because they plugged a three-prong cord into something so badly damaged that the grounding prong made contact with an energized terminal. Your secretary thinks it's our responsibility to see that sort of bad garbage deenergized and, generally, disposed of.


Now for links to health/safety sites that don't lend themselves to quick summary:

Here's a 92-page NIOSH manual for electrical students, teaching them about workplace hazards--but only the electrical hazards:

For an overview paper on worker deaths by electrocution, which include statistics by occupation, age, year, voltage level, etc., see this link:

There are at least two English-language research and treatment centers focusing on electrical injuries, the Chicago Center and St. Johns Rehab Center in Toronto.

As additional reliable links are vetted, they will be added.