The 2017 National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®): Rules To Live & Work By

IEEE Standards for National Electric Safety Code NESCThe National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) can be found everywhere in everyday life. You probably just aren’t aware of it.

The NESC protects the public as well as utility workers, as it is the authoritative code for ensuring the continued practical safeguarding of utility facilities during the installation, operation, and maintenance of electric supply and communication facilities (i.e. power, telephone, cable TV, and railroad signal systems).

It’s the industry consensus standard, produced exclusively by IEEE and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), revised every five years to address new technologies impacting electrical safety requirements. The latest revision to the NESC came in 2017, and includes some new rules changes and exceptions, while also introducing updated tools to more easily access NESC content. Many of these updates were made in an effort to make the code more logical and useful for current and up-and-coming engineers.

IEEE offers a series of educational online courses based on the NESC 2017 Edition, and subscribers can now view the code in the IEEE Xplore digital library.

To understand the 2017 edition of the NESC strictly by the numbers, our helpful infographic (at left) has got you covered.

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