Originally Posted By: Dave Nix
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Thanks for your replies!
My background is one of a commercial/industrial/residential electrician over the past 20 years. I know Bob from the other electrical forums and especially from mine where he is the Moderator. Bob and I have never met face to face (not including photos!) but have learned and shared our electrical and code knowledge for more than a year now. I admire Bob for his tenacity and his willingness to share.
The reason I have joined your board is to help where I can, learn when I can and enjoy the company. I often read the posts and have several NACHI members that visit my forum and participate there.
Recently, I have read several posts here where the HI's have asked questions about electrical systems and especially panelboards. It appears that a common practice is to remove the panelboard cover to inspect the breakers, conductors and look for code violations relating to the afore mentioned items. This has drawn my curiosity as to the safety of the HI when this type of inspection is performed.
The reason it concerns me is two fold. First, according to the safety codes that apply to everyone and in particular to persons working in or around electrical equipment while it is energized. These nationally recognized standards are not generally known to most HI's and I am concerned that they are placing themselves in harms way when they do open these panelboards and especially when any tools or meters are used inside.
Secondly, the reason I posted for Ohio HI's is to see if they new that in this state it is actually against the law to perform an electrical inspection without having an Electrical Safety Inspector Certificate.
Please understand that my intentions are in the interests of safety and education. I certainly would not want to hear about an HI being shocked or burned from a arc flash because he didn't know the hazzards involved when removing a panelboard cover or working inside with live equipement.
To this end, I offer my experience and best advice whenever needed.
Thanks to all,