The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., will have an increased influence over the writing of the National Electrical Code (NEC), as three of its members have recently been appointed chairmen of the Code-Making Panels (CMPs) responsible for helping to write the Code. The appointments by the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standards Council bring the total number of panels chaired by NECA contractors to seven. The new chairmen are:

  • Wayne Brinkmeyer, President CMP-11 (motors, industrial control) Biddle Electric Corp., Houston, Texas.

  • Don Jhonson, President CMP-17 (appliances, heating equipment, pools) Interior Electric Co., North Miami Beach, Fla.

  • Thomas H. Wood, President CMP-13 (power sources, emergency systems) Cecil B. Wood Co., Rockford, Ill.

The Code is revised every three years to keep it up-to-date with the latest electrical products, construction methods, and safety techniques. More than 450 volunteer experts serving on the Code-Making Panels develop and write the Code, and it is published by the NFPA.