Making Sure Your Installations Are Firmly Grounded
For both safety and compliance reasons, the proper bonding and grounding of equipment and systems is essential. Find out what is required by the most recent codes and how to satisfy picky inspectors.
ERICOs ERITECH intersystem bonding termination bar is a good example of using a specially designed device to bond separate systems for compliance to the NEC. Courtesy ERICO
Remember, if you are cited by an inspector the reason may not always be correct and resources such as the UL White Book can help you defend your position. Also be sure to ask the inspector for a NEC article reference when he/she challenges your supposed installation violation.
While we are discussing the latest NEC cycle of 2011, it is not uncommon for AHJs and inspectors to be slow to transition to newer codes. They may still be adhering to older cycles such as 2005 or 2008, so make sure to you know what version of NEC they are using.
In the past, you could only reference the NEC if you had purchased a copy from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). One of my biggest beefs has been that if you are required to comply with this code, you should not have to pay for standards material to reference it. Great news … you can now read several versions of NFPA 70 and other standards online for FREE. Go to nfpa.org and select NFPA 70 in the List of NFPA Codes & Standards section.
Products Can Simplify the Process
To conclude this month’s topic, I urge learning to use new products that help you conform to requirements such as bonding and grounding. An example is the ERITECH intersystem bonding termination bar (IBTB) from Solon, Ohio-based ERICO, whose fasteners and connectors I have often talked about.
When visiting that Web site, be sure to check out the code compliance chapter in the ERICO Low Voltage Fastener 2011 catalog (LT0405) and the IBTB intro video. This will give you better insight into the applications.
Bob Dolph has served in various technical management and advisory positions in the security industry for 30+ years. To share tips and installation questions, E-mail Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out his Tech Shack blog.
Tech Talk Tool Tip
One of the best ways to stay in tune with changes in the National Electrical Code (NEC) is through quality training and reference material. That is why this month I am featuring one of my favorite programs: the Mike Holt Enterprises Series of illustrated guid
I have personally attended Mike’s code and license preparation programs. This material is well worth a serious look for upgrading the professional arena of your business. Make sure to check it out at mikeholt.com.
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