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Fortunately, there are standards

Convention has never held much appeal for me, with one exception: safety. In this issue of Electrical Industry Newsweek, contributor Bill Burr writes about ground fault circuit protection systems and, as reported by EFSI, the immense savings in human life and property. You'll also meet Brian Cook, for whom personal safety lies at the heart of his commitment to the electrical industry, and who was recently honoured for his contribution. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek

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How Ground Fault Detection and Protection Requirements Protect People and Equipment

By William Burr
Since ground fault circuit protection was adopted in Canada over 40 years ago, the number of people dying annually from electrocution has been steadily reduced from over 800 to less than 200, and much electrical equipment and other infrastructure has been saved from damage (source: Electrical Safety Foundation International ESFI). The following overview outlines how ground fault detection and protection ensures the safety of personnel and equipment. Read More


Zone Heating: a Bargain for Your Customers

By Richard Paquet
Can you imagine living without heating between September and May in this vast, beautiful and often inhospitable country? Although we all talk about the warming effects of climate change, the answer remains a categorical no. Given all the heating choices available to our customers — wood, fuel oil, water, glycol, electricity, etc. — they often ask us this home-heating question: should we opt for central heating or individual heating devices in each room? The response depends on several factors: the cost of acquiring the equipment, the cost of installation, use, and maintenance, and so on. Read More


SCC Accredits AHRI to Develop National Standards

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has announced it has accredited the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) as a standards development organization (SDO). "The accreditation of AHRI as a Canadian SDO fulfills a long-sought goal of our organization and its 300+ member manufacturers, many of whom provide products and equipment to Canadian customers," says AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. Read More


Brian Cook, Master Electrician and Safety Award Winner

By Scott Williams
A licensed electrical contractor and registered Electrical Field Safety Representative, Brian Cook is founder and president of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, a Vancouver-based company that conducts electrical safety assessments for the insurance industry throughout Western and Central Canada. Brian is also the 2013 recipient of a BC Safety Authority's Lieutenant Governor Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to technical safety throughout the province. Read More


Copper and the Electrical Industry: Did You Know...

As an electrical conductor for building wire systems, copper is the most efficient, strongest, and most reliable metal available today. Since much equipment uses copper, being aware of the relative pricing effects is an important component when buying and specifying electrical equipment. Two charts detail the historical effect of copper from 2009 through 2012. Read More


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