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Learn the New Safety Codes Impacting the Energy Industry

Learn the New Safety Codes Impacting the Energy Industry

On Aug. 1 IEEE Standards Association announced changes to the National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®), the authoritative code for ensuring the continued practical safeguarding of persons and utility facilities during the installation, operation, and maintenance of electric supply and communication facilities.

According to David J. Marne, a registered professional electrical engineer and author of McGraw Hill’s “NESC Handbook,” major updates in the 2017 Edition include:

  • Definitions for the communication and supply space.
  • Revisions to adjoining substation fence restrictions.
  • Overhead guy insulator placement rule changes.
  • Exceptions for underground cable grounding requirements.
  • Alignment of Part 4 worker safety rules with Occupational Safety and Health Administration work rules.

Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) is partnering with Marne on Oct. 26 for their NESC 2017 Update and Safety Forum, where he will be live streamed from Montana to an in-person and online audience for a 90 minute review of the major changes in grounding requirements, supply station rules, clearances of overhead lines, and more.

Marne is a nationally recognized speaker on the NESC, serves on NESC Subcommittee 4 Overhead Lines Clearances, Subcommittee 7 Underground Lines, Subcommittee 3 Electric Supply Stations, and the Interpretations Subcommittee.

The Oct. 26 MEA event will also feature a presentation on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards, a discussion panel on Utility Grid Resiliency, and a roundtable discussion on ‘Grid Resiliency at Your Company,’ presented by safety and compliance expert Danny Raines.

Participants can attend in person at MEA’s Training Center in Minnesota or access the presentations and discussion live online. Supervisors, engineers, inspectors and those responsible for safety are highly encouraged to invest the time in this one day event.

To register or learn more about MEA, visit the calendar of events at


For questions on the NESC 2017 Update & Safety Forum, contact Jenica Hickey at (651) 289-9600 ext. 129.

About MEA:

MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and business. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, energy delivery companies around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for energy delivery companies.