Committee Reports: NEC CMP-13, NFPA 70B, ASTM F18, NFPA 70E

James R. White, Shermco IndustriesSpecifications & Standards, Spring 2021 Specifications & Standards


NEC CMP-13 covers Articles 700 Emergency Systems, 701 Legally Required Standby Systems, 702 Optional Standby Systems and 708 Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS). The Task Group’s sessions on October 22-21 ran five hours due to the high workload. Earlier, the Correlating Committee asked Jim Dollard (CMP-13 Vice Chair) to develop a “Safety by Design” annex with a Task Group that included Lanny Floyd, myself, and about 17 others, many on the 70E Committee.  This work began April 22, 2020, and ended the same week, having developed the needed annex.

The CMP-13 Committee’s work on a little more than 200 Public Inputs continued into late December. As of this writing, I am attending the January 11–16. Even though the meeting is again virtual via TEAMS teleconference due to the COVID-19 virus, NEC has their act together and it is going well.


The NFPA 70B Technical Committee’s  Pre-First Draft Meeting for the 2022 Edition was held on September 23–26, 2019, at NFPA Headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts. NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance was unanimously approved to become a standard, as opposed to being a recommended practice. Since then, the 70B Committee has met bi-weekly for two hours to complete the revisions needed to do so. Due to the COVID-19 virus, NFPA has scheduled its First Draft meeting in the Fall of 2022.


The F18 Committee met via teleconference on May 29, 2020, to follow up  on some outstanding work. The normal October 2020 meeting was cancelled. ASTM has notified members that the April 2021 meeting will be virtual rather than in-person.


NFPA 70E 2021 was just released, so no meetings have been scheduled for the next edition. The closing date for Public Inputs (on-line only at is June 1, 2021. NETA members who would like something added, deleted, or revised are advised to do so before that date. The First Draft meeting is scheduled for 2022.

James (Jim) R. White, Vice President of Training Services, has worked for Shermco Industries since 2001. He is a NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional and a NETA Level 4 Senior Technician. Jim is NETA’s principal member on NFPA Technical Committee NFPA 70E®, Electrical Safety in the Workplace; NETA’s principal representative on National Electrical Code® Code-Making Panel (CMP) 13; and represents NETA on ASTM International Technical Committee F18, Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers. Jim is Shermco Industries’ principal member on NFPA Technical Committee for NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance and represents AWEA on the ANSI/ISEA Standard 203, Secondary Single-Use Flame Resistant Protective Clothing for Use Over Primary Flame Resistant Protective Clothing. An IEEE Senior Member, Jim was Chairman of the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop in 2008 and is currently Vice Chair for the IEEE IAS/PCIC Safety Subcommittee.