The scope of the Emergency Lighting Section covers automatic, standby, emergency and auxiliary electric power equipment of all voltages, rechargeable battery operated, incorporating a charging means, a battery and switch over device to supply power to emergency and egress lighting loads automatically upon failure of the normal power supply. This scope also specifically includes all types of electrically illuminated exit and directional signs.
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Standards play a vital part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for both national and international commerce. Sound technical standards benefit the user, as well as the manufacturer, by improving safety, bringing about economies in product, eliminating misunderstandings between manufacturer and purchaser, and assisting the purchaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for his particular need.
NEMA devotes much of its time, effort, and resources to voluntary standardization activities. NEMA standards are offered and recommended to become American National Standards under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute, usually under the canvass method. This decision rests with the particular subdivision or subdivisions concerned. NEMA standards are also often submitted for consideration as IEC Standards components or references. It is the intent of the association to continue its support of these, and many more, activities as the best method to continue providing sound and safe electrical products for the use of all.
Key technical activities include:
- UL 924 and CSA 860 safety and performance standards
- Means of Egress code requirements in NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, International Building Code, and other code activities
- Emergency lighting standards in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC 34D and LUMEX panel)
- Exit sign performance testing
Through NEMA, the Emergency Lighting Section develops industry positions on legislative and regulatory initiatives that may affect member products, markets, and customers. NEMA's work has resulted in contributions to public policy development and in promoting competitiveness, technological progress, and public safety. On the Government Affairs homepage members can search for and e-mail federal representatives to convey opinions regarding energy policy or other issues related to the electroindustry.
NEMA Government Affairs provides specific services to its members and information in the areas of Environment, Health & Safety; Energy; and International Trade & Commerce.
Key governmental activities include:
- Advising and working with the Environmental Protection Agency on the Energy Star® Exit Sign program
- Advocating market-based approaches to enhance the use and penetration of energy-efficiency technologies
- Working with government agencies on means of egress issues, including OSHA and ADA requirements
Membership in NEMA is open to any firm actively engaged in the manufacture in North America of a product within the NEMA scope and for sale in the open market. Membership of foreign firms is subject to product section policies and NEMA Board of Governors approval.
NEMA operates on a fee-for-service basis. Each product section establishes its projects and activities and approves an annual operating budget. A fee is then established using an annual average of net domestic sales of products within the NEMA scope. The section has a tiered dues structure to assist small manufacturers.