by Paul Crampton, Manager, Standards Processing, NEMA
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is seeking participation in the USNC TAG IEC PC 128 Operation of Electrical Installations.
PC 128 Operation of Electrical Installations
According to the scope from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), PC 128 deals with the standardization in the field of general principles of operation of electrical installations. “These operating instructions are intended to ensure that all operation of and work activity on, with, or near electrical installations can be carried out safely. These are electrical installations operating at voltage levels from and including extra-low voltage up to and including high voltage,” the scope states.
“These electrical installations are designed for the generation, transmission, conversion, distribution, and use of electrical power,” the scope continues.“Some of these electrical installations are permanent and fixed, such as a distribution installation in a factory or office complex, others are temporary, such as on construction sites and others are mobile or capable of being moved either whilst energized or whilst not energized nor charged.”
Impact on U.S. Electrical Manufacturers
There currently are well-established and widely used international Standards for the safe operation of, and interaction with, electrical systems. The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and IEEE C2 National Electrical Safety Code address the safe operation of and interaction with electrical systems.
The work of PC 128 has the potential to duplicate or conflict with existing Standards and place electrical workers and maintenance personnel at further risk because there would be two different documents with possible non-coordinated and conflicting requirements.
The safety concepts contained in NFPA 70E and IEEE C2 are compatible with the operation of any electrical system covered in their respective scopes. U.S. interested parties should participate actively in USNC TAG PC 128 to ensure that the U.S. position on any work output of the Project Committee is represented internationally.
There is no fee for joining USNC TAG PC 128. For additional information, contact Paul Crampton, TAG Secretary, at Paul.Crampton@nema.org.