I’m Mark Griffin and I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve you as President of the NC Ellis Cannady Chapter of the IAEI. Notice I said serve you because I believe that someone in a leadership role should serve, as opposed to being served. I realize that following Pat Griffith Rose, our first female President will be difficult, but I promise that I’ll do my best to continue to promote the work of electrical inspectors in North Carolina.
For those of you that don’t know me, I began my electrical career in the late eighties. I’m absolutely convinced that it was the will of God that I become an electrical inspector (ask me some day and I’ll tell you the story) and found myself employed by Union County as such in 1998. I spent ten years in the field before becoming Chief Electrical Inspector and ultimately, my current position as the Director of Building Code Enforcement.
We’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 2017 National Electrical Code which is scheduled to become effective April 1, 2018. Don’t forget to read up on the NC Amendments. They’re several this time around and without an updated copy in your pocket, you’ll find yourself making bad calls right out of the gate.
Although the Electrical Code and the technology that we use to enforce it has certainly changed over the years, our main goal of protecting the public from the hazards arising from the use of electricity hasn’t. What we do as inspectors matters. Whether we’re educating the public or passing along lessons learned to a younger inspector, it matters.
You may ask how a simple failure of an inspection can be so important. If a child touches a piece of faulty equipment that’s plugged into a non GFCI protected receptacle, it matters. If someone enters a pool or spa that isn’t properly bonded, it matters. If a faulty cord is attached to a receptacle that’s required to be AFCI protected, it matters.
By now, it should be obvious that I’m simply trying to illustrate that what you do matters. In light of the fact that law makers are weakening Codes on a daily basis, it’s even more important that we continue to maintain a high level of compliance by installers and that we continue educating … even those who aren’t directly involved in electrical installations.
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably involved in the construction industry. Please get active in your respective association. We need all the help we can get as we continue on our journey of promoting building safety for our citizens. If I can ever help, just let me know how I can serve you, because I know that what you do matters. Hope to see you down the road.
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