Standards and Statutory Laws


What do NFPA 70 and AS/NZS 3000 have in common? The former is National Electrical Code (U.S.) and the later is the Wiring Rules (Australia and New Zealand). Both are electrical standards and statutory laws at the same time.

Standards are use as guidelines for Engineers and practitioners to ensure safety of installations or equipments. Designers may or may not comply with them as long as supporting calculations are presented to support the design. In the event of incidents however, it could lead to losing court battles if not complied with.

Standards which are Statutory Laws need to be complied with else the installation will be doomed. It could lead to work stoppage, fines, cancellation of permits or worse imprisonment. In the events that some standards do not have a significant delineation of requirements, statutory requirements prevails.

About the Author

Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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