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                                        V OLUME 9, I SSUE 11      N OVEMBER 2008


M ESSAGE FROM THE P RESIDENT
What a great year for awards won by our chapter at the IEC National Convention.
Let us all congratulate Grant for winning the Executive Director of the year award.
All of his efforts for our organization and the electrical industry really shine through
showing how much he cares. Winning this award also shows how much he has accom-
plished and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Congratulations to the Apprenticeship and Training committee, and the IEC Chesa-
peake staff for winning the A&T Chapter of the Year. This is the 3rd time in 6 years
the chapter has gotten the award. Thanks to the staff, past and present committee
members and instructors for a job well done. You all have helped in creating the best
and award winning training for this organization. We are all fortunate to have this
kind of training available to create great apprentices and journeyman for our industry.            I NSIDE       THIS ISSUE :
Congratulations to two of our contractor members, 1st Electric for winning the Safety
Award and Cynergy Electric for winning the Awards of Excellence in Electrical Con-         ♦   Safety
struction in the category of Efficient Energy/Green Construction - Power Generation            ▪ Housekeeping—Who’s Job is it? - see
                                                                                                     page 2
project award. Many contractors all over this country submit projects for this award.          ▪     Arc Flash Loss Prevention Pro-
Winning this award shows how outstanding this project truly was and we are proud                     gram—see page 2
to have them completing projects like this in our region.                                  ♦   Human Resources
                                                                                               ▪ Ask the Drug Lady—When do compa-
Congratulations and thank you to our apprentice Kenneth Fuqua III from 1st Electric               nies test?—see page 3
for competing at the IEC National Wire Off. We appreciate his time and efforts for             ▪ National Do Not Call List—see page 9
                                                                                           ♦   Membership—
well representing our chapter at this event. We all wish him good luck in his future
                                                                                               ▪ New Affinity Programs—
career.                                                                                           UniFirst & Pre-Paid Legal Services—
                                                                                                  see pages 4 & 5
Thank you,                                                                                     ▪ Revisiting Maryland’s Standard for
Don Ord                                                                                           Mechanic’s Lien on Machinery—
                                                                                                  see page 6
Aztec Electric Service Inc.                                                                    ▪ Delaware Federal Court requires
                                                                                                  Owner’s bad faith for surety’s perform-
                                                                                                  ance bond defense —see page 7
                                                                                           ♦   Virginia News
                                                                                               ▪ Inspectors Roundtable Recap see page 8
                                                                                               ▪ VA Contractors Networking Forum—
                                                  Many thanks to Bryant and                         see page 8
                                                  Michael Smith of Ironwood Sales              ▪ Page County Technical Center field
                                                  & Marketing for the displays                      trip—see page 8
                                                  donated to the IEC Chesapeake                ▪ Safety & Health Codes Board—see
                                                  training centers.                                 page 9
                                                                                           ♦   Continuing Education —see page 10
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          S AFETY
                                     J IM ’ S S AFETY T IP OF THE M ONTH
                                                            November 2008

                                 H OUSEKEEPING – W HOSE J OB                                IS IT ??
Poor housekeeping has been cited as the primary contributing cause for thousands of serious accidents that occur every year in this
country. The scrap materials and litter which clutter floors, dropped tools that are not picked up, grease or wet spots left on walk-
ways and material carelessly stored around work areas can cause employees to slip, trip and fall or bump themselves.
In one recent incident, an employee received an 8” long deep gash to his body after he slipped on a piece of pipe and tumbled into a
stack of sheet metal which had one exposed sheet sticking out like the blade of a knife. This accident occurred in front of three other
employees, all of whom knew that the pipe was on the floor. When asked why no one had picked it up, they all felt that it wasn’t
their job. The “cleaning crew” was supposed to take care of it!
Was it really the cleaning crew’s job? Can anyone expect to have that many people assigned to cleanup operations? This accident did
not have to occur if only one of the employees had taken the time to pick the pipe up.
Housekeeping is everyone’s job. We all have the responsibility to protect and safeguard our work areas. Do not depend on the
cleanup crew to protect you. Remember it’s the little things in work areas that can cause serious injuries. Think about the hazards
that you might create for others when you drop something and don’t pick it up or when you leave material haphazardly on walkways
or work areas.
                                                 Remember Safety First!!


IEC C HESAPEAKE MEMBER M.C. D EAN RECOGNIZED FOR
W HITE P APER O UTLINING A RC F LASH L OSS P REVENTION P ROGRAM
A white paper recently published by          cuss arc flashes, arc flash loss, and the      thorough AFLP, the white paper ex-
M.C. Dean, Inc., an Atlanta-based elec-      importance of having a definitive arc          plains the impact and causes of arc
trical construction and engineering firm,    flash loss prevention (AFLP) program in        flashes, includes a glossary of key terms,
outlines six core steps businesses should    place.                                         and answers frequently asked questions.
follow to protect their workers and
                                             In the U.S. each day, five to 10 people        Authoring the arc flash white paper with
companies from arc flash explosions:
                                             are severely injured and one to two are        Tibbetts are Dr. Robert E. Hoyt, John
▪   Discovery and engineering                killed by arc flash electrical explosions,     Welch — a critical power expert and
                                             says Mark Tibbetts, president/general          manager of M.C. Dean, Inc.'s Critical
▪   Identification and documentation         manager of M.C. Dean, Inc. who helped          Power Group Atlanta — and Apostolos
▪   Program preparation and admini-          author the paper.                              (Tolis) Vranis, P.E., an electrical engi-
    stration                                                                                neer with more than 26 years experience
                                             “Because of the dangers of these electri-
                                                                                            and vice president of electrical engineer-
▪   Program training and certification       cal explosions, OSHA now legally re-
                                                                                            ing for M.C. Dean, Inc.
                                             quires employers to follow the National
▪   Field execution and document re-         Fire Protection Association (NFPA) rec-        To obtain a copy of “Establishing an Arc
    view                                     ommended practices to protect workers          Flash Loss Prevention Program” or for
▪   Program review and update.               from arc flash exposure,” he says.             more information on AFLP, contact
                                             “Having a proper program in place to           John Welch at
Written specifically for non-technical       protect workers is beyond being the            john.welch@mcdean.com or visit
managers and executives, “Establishing       right thing to do. Now arc flash loss pre-     www.mcdean.com.
an Arc Flash Loss Prevention Program”        vention is mandatory.”                         Taken from EC&M
uses easy-to-understand language to dis-
                                             In addition to outlining the six steps for a   September 2008 Issue
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               M EMBERS ’ C ORNER

A SK      THE       D RUG L ADY
W HEN DO COMPANIES                                few hours. Simply Google,                    5. Return to duty. This test takes place
TEST ?                                            “reasonable suspicion drug testing              before an employee returns to work
                                                  training” for a list of services. Reason-       following an extended absence such as
Depending on the employer’s policy, a             able suspicion testing is triggered by          30 days or more. It also refers to the
variety of circumstances may trigger a            management’s belief, based on articu-           test an employee is subject to when a
drug test. The six general categories of          lable and documentable facts, that an           violation of the drug policy has oc-
drug testing are:                                 employee is using or is under the in-           curred or following completion of a
                                                  fluence of drugs or alcohol. This is            drug rehab program. More than 5.5%
 1. Pre-employment. It typically takes
                                                  often manifested through poor work              of all return-to-duty tests are positive
    place after a conditional offer of em-
                                                  performance (sudden changes in be-              compared to just over 4% of pre-
    ployment has been made. In states
                                                  havior, confrontations with co-                 employment tests according to a ma-
    where no restrictions exist, an alterna-
                                                  workers, sloppy work, etc.). Such               jor lab.
    tive to pre-employment testing is
                                                  testing can also be based on direct
    “probationary period” testing. This is                                                     6. Post-rehabilitation. This is a form of
                                                  observation of drug or alcohol use or
    a hybrid of pre-employment and ran-                                                           random drug and alcohol testing that
                                                  drug paraphernalia. According to
    dom testing. During a new-hire’s                                                              takes place for a specified period of
                                                  one major lab, reasonable suspicion
    probation period of employment he or                                                          time after an employee returns to
                                                  drug tests are positive more than 4
    she would be subject to at least one                                                          work following drug or alcohol treat-
                                                  times more often than random drug
    unannounced drug test. According to                                                           ment. The period of time may be as
                                                  tests.
    AMA, approximately 1/3 of all job                                                             short as a few months or as long as
    seekers will be subject to pre-             4. Random. Random testing is a popular            several years. The Federal Motor Car-
    employment drug testing.                       choice because it deters drug and alco-        rier Safety Administration, for exam-
                                                   hol use. It can be applied to an entire        ple, requires post-rehab testing for no
 2. Post-accident. Depending on the con-
                                                   employee population (universal) or             less than one year and up to five years
    ditions pre-determined by an em-
                                                   limited to certain locations or groups         when required by a treatment pro-
    ployer, employees may be subject to
                                                   of employees (such as safety-sensitive         vider. Employers often conduct this
    drug and alcohol testing after an acci-
                                                   occupations). Random is the method             testing in conjunction with a “last
    dent. The conditions can include any
                                                   by which employees are selected to be          chance” agreement the employee has
    accident that results in a fatality, when
                                                   tested. The test also is unannounced           signed as a way of ensuring the worker
    injuries require medical treatment
                                                   so as not to tip off the employee. The         remains drug-free. More than 50% of
    away from the scene of an accident, or
                                                   selection is typically computer gener-         those treated for illegal drug use re-
    when property damage exceeds a
                                                   ated and based on an annual frequency          turn to their drug using ways within
    specified amount of money. Alcohol
                                                   rate of a percentage of the pool of            12 months following treatment.
    and drugs are responsible for 1 in 6
                                                   employees subject o random testing.
    on-the-job fatalities.                                                                    Source: Why Drug Testing? By William F.
                                                   A popular site for user-friendly ran-
                                                                                              Current
 3. Reasonable suspicion. Sometimes re-            dom selection software is
    ferred to as “for cause.” It is solely at      www.randomware.com . The                   Judy Swartley is the Managing Partner of
                                                                                              Red Planet Substance Abuse Testing, Inc.,
    the discretion of management. Man-             U.S. Navy conducts random testing of       which specializes in saliva-based drug and
    agement should be trained in reason-           10-30% of all personnel every month        saliva-based alcohol programs. She’s been
    able suspicion which is reasonably             and experiences a positive rate of less    involved with IEC for more than 10
    simple and easy normally only taking a         than 1%.                                   years. To reach her call 610.866.7603 or
                                                                                              jswartley@aol.com.
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N EW A FFINITY P ROGRAM — U NI F IRST


UniFirst, one of North America’s largest workwear and textile services companies, has been selected as the Preferred Vendor by the
Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake Chapter (IEC Chesapeake), according to an announcement by IEC Chesapeake Execu-
tive Director, Grant Shmelzer. “I have been working with UniFirst over the past year in varying capacities and have found them to be
the best of breed in their industry” Shmelzer said. All IEC Chesapeake members are now eligible for up to a 25 percent discount on
UniFirst work garments, FR safety gear (PPE) and facility service products.
Any IEC Chesapeake member who might be unfamiliar with UniFirst will be pleased to learn that UniFirst has been providing business
customers with workwear and facility services products since 1936. In fact, over a million people currently wear UniFirst uniforms
every business day; now all IEC Chesapeake members can learn first hand why UniFirst has earned a reputation as being the “best
value provider” when it comes to uniform service and supply.
Under the “Preferred Vendor” agreement, IEC Chesapeake members are eligible for discounts when they rent or
purchase their workwear from UniFirst. In addition, UniFirst has a panel of experts to assist with interpretation of
and compliance with NFPA 70E-2009 safety standards in regard to the proper use of FR clothing for all at-risk em-
ployees
         UNIFIRST PROGAMS
When participating in the UniFirst rental program, all up-front clothing investments are eliminated. UniFirst will outfit IEC Chesa-
peake members in their customized work clothing, provide weekly cleaning, garment maintenance and—whenever necessary—
garment replacements. In addition, UniFirst will handle all program administration. IEC Chesapeake members will receive, on aver-
age, a 25 percent discount on all rental items as part of a full service rental program. All workwear and support services are provided
by UniFirst for one low weekly charge per employee.
IEC Chesapeake members, who prefer to own and maintain their workwear, will receive a 20 percent or more discount on all direct
sale items from the extensive offerings shown in UniFirst’s catalog. If occasional cleaning to manufacturer’s specifications is required
for purchased items, UniFirst can provide such services. Separate IEC Chesapeake pricing and delivery information is available from
your local UniFirst representative.
How the “Preferred Vendor” Uniform Program Works
UniFirst has local sales and service centers throughout the U.S. and Canada from which it can meet the work apparel needs of all IEC
Chesapeake members. Each UniFirst center provides:
                  Support with selecting right fabric colors and styles
                  Measurement services to ensure a comfortable fit
                  Appropriate number of garments (usually a change of uniform a day)
                  Professional cleaning and finishing for a crisp clothing look
                  Consistent delivery of uniforms on a weekly basis
                  Automatic inspections and garment repairs/replacements
                  Inventory control and record-keeping for each IEC Chesapeake member-employee
                  Automatic order adjustments whenever an employee leaves or new ones arrive
In addition, UniFirst will assign three trained service professionals to each IEC Chesapeake member account: a Route Representative
who provides delivery and pick-up services, a Service Manager whose responsibility is to ensure all accounts are always properly filled,
and a Customer Service Representative who stands ready to provide immediate telephone assistance. Together, the dedicated UniFirst
team is there “to serve” IEC CHESAPEAKE members and guarantees 24-hour response times for any problem, question, or request.
         For more information and to get the name of your local UniFirst service representative, call 1.800.934.8641.
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N EW A FFINITY P ROGRAM — P RE -P AID L EGAL S ERVICES , I NC .

IEC-Chesapeake and Rob Vest with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. have reached
an agreement that will allow our members to offer another employee benefit.
Pre-Paid Legal can provide your employees with protection of their legal rights,
security for their families, and peace of mind knowing that they have access to
an experienced law firm. In addition, you will protect your employees from
Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in America.

Do you think your employees wished they had legal services because of:

•   Lost security deposits 
•   Moving traffic tickets 
•   Need to prepare a will 
•   An IRS audit 
•   Overcharged for a repair 

For a low monthly fee, you and your employees can have access to legal services to cover your most common
legal needs. These services include:

•   Preventive legal services 
•   Motor vehicle legal services 
•   Trial defense services 
•   IRS audit legal services 
•   Will preparation 
•   Other legal services 
•   Credit Reports & Scores 

Benefits administration can often times be a burden. Not so with Pre-Paid Legal! There are no claim forms,
no deductibles, no cancellation forms, and billing is once a month and can be done electronically.
Rob Vest or Tyree Thomas will make a personal on-site visit to discuss your benefit options, answer questions,
and enroll your employees. We have members that have enrolled and have had excellent experiences utilizing
Pre-Paid Legal's services: There has been no LESS than a 75% participation among the employees even
though it is 100% employee paid.
Call Rob Vest today and discover for yourself this valuable, no cost benefit for your employees, at 888-428-
4652.



    D ID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR IEC C HESAPEAKE MEMBERSHIP GIVES YOU
        ACCESS TO NUMEROUS MONEY SAVING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ?

Log on to www.iec-chesapeake.com to see a list of all of our partner members and the products and services they offer. Log in to the
Members Only section to see detailed information on some of the programs the Industry Partners have put together exclusively for
IEC Chesapeake members.
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REVISITING MARYLAND'S STANDARD FOR MECHANIC'S
LIENS ON MACHINERY
Maryland's mechanic's lien statute, §     is not considered an improvement to        Id. at 11 (emphasis added).
9-101 et seq. of the Real Property        the building, but rather a "machine,"      This test is not a model of clarity, but
Article of the Maryland Code, is pri-     the contractor can establish a lien on     the Jacksonville court determined that
marily employed by those who per-         the equip­ment, irrespective of its        a dredge in a gravel quarry is a
form work to construct or improve         value relative to that of the building.    "machine" under the mechanic's lien
buildings and similar structures.         For equipment to qualify as a lienable     statute. A dredge is not "designed to
However, a seldom used provision of       "machine," it must have more than a        be a permanent attachment to prop-
the statute provides that an eligible     transient connection with the prop-        erty," although this dredge was de-
claim­ant may establish a lien on a       erty, but its connection to the prop-      signed to be in place for more than a
"machine... constructed or re-            erty must not be so permanent that it      decade. Id. at 12. This satisfies the
paired... in the same manner as a
                                          becomes a fixture. In November             "movable" inquiry. However, at no
building." A dormant question for         2007, this Newsletter reported that        time during its operation does the
almost a century has been what con-       the Maryland Court of Special Ap-          dredge move around the property.
stitutes a "machine," as opposed to       peals established a test that identifies   This satisfies the "immobile" inquiry.
merely equipment installed in a           equipment falling between the two          For the first time, the Court of Ap-
building in the course of its construc-   extremes as "machines." The Court          peals has articulated a test for deter-
tion or improvement.                      of Appeals recently affirmed that de-      mining whether a piece of equipment
Under § 9-102(a), existing buildings      cision in Jacksonville Mach. & Repair,     constitutes a "machine." With this
are only lienable if they are improved    Inc. v. Kent Sand & Gravel, LLC, 175       test in hand, contractors and materi-
to the extent of fifteen percent of       Md. App. 1, (Md. Ct. Spec. App.            almen may now have a new tool for
their value. Consequently, if a con-      2007), aff'd 403 Md. 173 (2008). As        protecting their right to payment on
tractor in­stalls new equipment in a      enforced, the Court of Appeals             mechanical improvements which do
building and that installation is con-    adopted a two-part test. First, the        not improve the overall property
sidered an improvement of the build-      equipment must be immobile, "in            value by at least fifteen percent
ing, as is the case with a heating sys-   the sense that it does not move freely     (15%).
tem, the installed equipment is con-      around or off the business premises
sidered a "fixture" and the contractor    in performing its intended use." Id.
can only establish a lien if the equip-   at 10-11. Second, the equipment            Source:
ment improved the building's value        "must nevertheless be movable, in          Katz & Stone Construction Newsletter
by at least fifteen percent (15%). See    the sense that it remains a removable      July/August 2008
Shacks v. Ford, 128 Md. 287 (1916).       chattel that has not become a perma-
On the other hand, if the equipment       nent fixture of the building or land."




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DELAWARE FEDERAL COURT REQUIRES OWNER'S BAD FAITH
FOR SURETY'S PERFORMANCE BOND DEFENSE; STRENGTH-
ENS PROCUREMENT ACT

In the recent case of RLI Insurance        denied the bond claim, asserting that     Surety's argument, as it did not find
Company v. Indian River School District,   Owner did not comply with its con-        any evidence of bad faith on the part
et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43303,       tractual obligations when it issued       of Owner. Moreover, the Court cited
the U.S. District Court for the Dis-       payments to General Contractor in         Surety's actual knowledge of the over-
trict of Delaware addressed the scope      excess of the work actually per-          payments and inaction at the time
of coverage of a performance bond          formed. Subsequently Surety filed a       they occurred as evidence of no in-
where an owner's failure to properly       declaratory action alleging breach of     jury.
supervise the work of the general          fiduciary duty and negligent misrepre-
                                                                                     Surety's second argument pertained
contrac­tor resulted in overpayment.       sentation by Owner.
                                                                                     to the terms and conditions of the
In August of 2002, the Indian River        Surety raised two arguments for judg-     bond, which provided, in relevant
School District ("Owner"), hired           ment in its favor. First, Surety argued   part, that Owner was required to ar-
McDaniel Plumbing and Heating, Inc.        that overpayment by Owner to Gen-         range a pre-default conference with
("General Contractor") to perform          eral Contractor discharged Surety         Surety and General Contractor prior
certain mechanical work for the New        from its obligations under the per­       to terminating General Contractor.
Sussex Central High School (the            formance bond. The Court observed         Surety argued that, by failing to com-
"Project"). General Contractor se-         that older cases have held that           ply with the terms of the bond,
cured payment and performance              "sureties should be granted a total       Owner was precluded from asserting
bonds in favor of Owner from RLI           discharge from their obligations in the   a claim thereunder. As the Procure-
Insurance Company ("Surety"), in           event of overpayment" (citations          ment Act does not provide for a pre-
accordance with the Delaware State         omitted); however, the Court noted        default conference, however, the
Procurement Act (the "Procurement          that the modem rule provided that         Court held that Surety's defense to
Act"). Owner also hired Becker Mor-        "where there has been a material de-      the bond claim based on Owner's fail-
gan Group, Inc. ("Architect") and          parture from contractual provisions       ure to schedule a pre­default confer-
EDiS Company ("Construction Man-           relating to payments and the security     ence was invalid, and Owner's Mo-
ager") to work on the Project. Pursu-      of retained funds a compensated           tion for Summary Judgment as to that
ant to the prime contract (the             surety is discharged from its obliga-     point was granted.
"Contract"), payments to General           tions on the performance bond to the
                                                                                     As illustrated in RLI Insurance, Own-
Contractor were contingent upon the        extent that such unauthorized pay-
                                                                                     ers must be vigilant to act in good
review and approval of both Architect      ments result in prejudice or in­
                                                                                     faith in the administration of con-
and Construction Manager.                  jury." (Emphasis added). Addition-
                                                                                     struction contracts, avoiding overpay-
                                           ally, the court stated "the defense
Over the course of two years after                                                   ments that might limit their right to
                                           does not apply when the owner has in
commencement of the Project, Gen-                                                    assert a claim under a performance
                                           good faith relied upon the certifica-
eral Contractor fell behind schedule.                                                bond. Although the Owner was abso-
                                           tions of its architects or engi­
Architect and Construction Manager,                                                  lutely absolved of its poor project
                                           neers" (citations omitted).
however, continued to approve pay-                                                   manage­ment in RLI Insurance, a
ment applications. Consequently,           In order to prevail on its theory,        slightly different set of facts could
Owner continued to pay General             therefore, Surety would need to           have proved fatal to its bond claim.
Contractor all amounts requested.          prove (a) Owner's bad faith in relying
Eventually, Owner terminated the           on the certifications from Architect
                                                                                     Source:
Contract and submitted a claim to          and Construction Manager and (b)
                                                                                     Katz & Stone Construction Newsletter
Surety for completion of the Project       that Surety was injured by the over-
                                                                                     July/August 2008
under the performance bond. Surety         payments. The Court rejected
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               V IRGINIA N EWS
VA E LECTRICAL I NSPECTORS ’ R OUND T ABLE M EETING                                                        WITH THE             VA
DPOR - RECAP
There were about 30 people present for        sional and Occupational Regulation              from inspections, the Code, and viola-
the VA Inspectors’ Round Table Meet-          (DPOR). Valuable information was                tions in various jurisdictions to Journey-
ing, which included inspectors from the       exchanged from both sides of the table,         man licensing, continuing education
City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Prince       which yielded an atmosphere conducive           requirements, and Code cycles.
William County, as well as representa-        to addressing concerns, as well as having
tives from the VA Department of Profes-       questions answered. Topics ranged



VA C ONTRACTORS ’ N ETWORKING F ORUM
This quarterly meeting focused on the         website at www.ieci.org and enter               shop contractors, so it is imperative to
Employee Free Choice Act and how it           “Employee Free Choice Act” in the Site          become familiar with this Act and prop-
can gravely affect merit shop contrac-        Search section or do a general Internet         erly educate your employees to protect
tors. For more information regarding          search using the same keywords. This is         your company’s better interest.
this issue, please visit the IEC National     becoming an alarming concern for merit



C HANTILLY S ITE – P AGE C OUNTY T ECHNICAL C ENTER F IELD T RIP
We would like to thank Beckstrom Elec-        Control exercises, as well as classroom         Career & Technical Center, Stafford
tric and Dominion Electric Supply Com-        computer-enhanced training. This was            High School, Thomas A. Edison High
pany for sponsoring the field trip for        an excellent forum for graduating sen-          School and Arlington Career Center for
Page County Technical Center of Luray,        iors to learn first-hand about the training     the Spring in 2009. Sponsorship oppor-
Virginia to the IEC Chantilly Training        resources and support available through         tunities will be available on a first come,
Facility on Wednesday, November 5th.          IEC Chesapeake and its members. Hav-            first serve basis. Please contact Mervin
There were about 15 students present          ing said that, future field trips will tenta-   for more information at mmunoz@iec-
who participated in hands-on Motor            tively be scheduled with Spotsylvania           chesapeake.com.




                                            VA H OLIDAY O PEN H OUSE
                                              M ARK YOUR CALENDARS !

           VA H OLIDAY O PEN H OUSE ON T UESDAY , D ECEMBER 9, 2008
         FROM 1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM AT THE IEC C HANTILLY F ACILITY !!!
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SAFETY AND HEALTH CODES BOARD (U PDATE )
Medical Services and First Aid            Regulation: Reverse Signal Opera-        late Additions to the Board Meet-
Standards for General Industry            tion Safety Procedures: Regulation       ing include: NOTE: The following
[16 VAC 25-95]                            to Amend Reverse Signal Opera-           items are possible additions to the
                                          tion Safety Procedures Dealing           Agenda but are awaiting APA-
                                          with Vehicular Equipment, Motor          related Executive Branch pre-
Excerpt for Virginia Regulatory           Vehicles, Material Handling Equip-       approvals at this time: 1. Proposed
Town Hall as seen on the direct link      ment and Motor Vehicle Equip-            Regulation: 16 VAC 25-60, Ad-
below:                                    ment in Existing Standards: 16           ministrative Regulations for the
  Purpose of the meeting                  VAC 25-90-1910.269; 16 VAC               Virginia Occupational Safety and
                                          25-175-1926.601; 16 VAC 25-              Health Program [pending comple-
  There will be a Public Hearing on
                                          175-602 and 16 VAC 25-175-952;           tion of Executive branch review];
  the Proposed Regulation for Medi-
                                          and 16 VAC 25-97, Revised Regu-          and 2. Proposed Regulation: 16
  cal Services and First Aid Stan-
                                          lation to Establish Reverse Signal       VAC 25-73, Regulation Applicable
  dards: 16 VAC 25-95, Medical
                                          Operation Safety Requirements for        to Tree Trimming Operations
  Services and First Aid Standard for
                                          Vehicles, Machinery and Equip-           [pending completion of Executive
  General Industry and 16 VAC 25-
                                          ment for General Industry and the        branch review]
  177, Medical Services and First Aid
                                          Construction Industry; [Public
  Standards for the Construction In-
                                          Comment period: 9/29/08 –
  dustry [Public Comment period:                                                 More about this proposed regula-
                                          10/29/08] 3. Final Regulation: 16
  9/29/08 – 11/29/08] There will                                                 tions, specific chapters to be dis-
                                          VAC 25-20, Regulation Concern-
  also be a Regular Meeting of the                                               cussed, as well as agenda for the Pub-
                                          ing Licensed Asbestos Contractor
  Board to consider the following: 1.                                            lic Comment period can be found at
                                          Notification, Asbestos Project Per-
  Proposed Regulation: 16 VAC 25-                                                http://townhall.virginia.gov//l/
                                          mits and Permit Fees [Correction
  50, Boiler and Pressure Vessel                                                 ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=11892
                                          of typographical error.] B. Possible
  Rules and Regulations; and 2. Final



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Call list. It will only take a minute.   2008. Read more about it at http://
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              C ONTINUING E DUCATION


Understanding Fire Alarm Systems & Operating Components
December 11, 2008                                               Odenton, MD
IEC Chesapeake is pleased to announce a Fire Alarm Training class that provides training on Addressable and Conventional Systems
their related operating components. Class will also include Design Issues, Installation and Field Wiring, Troubleshooting and Mainte-
nance. This 5-hour course has been developed to improve your comprehension of Fire Alarm Systems and will be presented by Dan
Lajoie from Honeywell. The goal of this class is to provide the student with the critical classroom training with the added support of a
hands on lab. This is an important step for students to understand and improve their installation capabilities in the field.




NICET Level II Fire Alarm & Test Preparation Training
February 6 & 7, 2009                                            Odenton, MD
Zenith Design Group
NICET Fire Alarm Certification is being required in the Fire Alarm Industry more and more. Montgomery County, Maryland is
presently implementing field installers of Fire Alarm Systems have documented training in Fire Alarm systems
with NICET requirements around the corner. In order to prepare you to take this test and to better understand the NICET
testing process, IEC Chesapeake will be presenting this 16-hour Test Preparation Course. Designed specifically to assist you in taking
the Level II test, it will also provide you technical knowledge concerning Fire Alarm Systems Operation along with Level I Require-
ments. The course will include a sample test and all students will receive a copy of the NFPA 72. Should you have any questions con-
cerning this or other classes that IEC Chesapeake presents you can contact us at (800) 470-3013.



C ODE C LASS – C HANGES                          TO THE          NEC 2005 (R ECAP )
Dominion Electric Supply hosted an           Northern Virginia Community College           ton, Lightolier, and Siemens. Overall,
NEC 2005 Code Changes seminar with           (NOVA) provided a well-informed pres-         this was a successful gathering that ac-
IEC Chesapeake on Wednesday, Octo-           entation, which engaged students              complished both VA continuing educa-
ber 29th at the Waterford at Fair Oaks       throughout the evening. The vendors           tion licensing requirements for electri-
in Fairfax. There were around 50 total       supporting the event and showcasing           cians and networking opportunities for
attendees and vendors present for the        their products during break included          all.
event. Instructor Jim Bateman from the       Eaton, Fluke, GE, Greenlee, Ideal, Levi-
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                                        IEC CHESAPEAKE

                   2008 CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHEDULE
    Phone: (800) 470 3013               WWW.IEC-CHESAPEAKE.COM                 Fax: (301) 912 1665
Basic Data Com/Video Tool             Ind/Commercial Electrical            Fire Alarm Training –
IEC – Odenton Training Center         Basic Estimating                     Honeywell
Instructor: Ron Greenfield            IEC – Chantilly Training Center      IEC – Odenton Training Center
November 22, 2008                     Instructor: Ray Sofield              Instructor: Honeywell Fire-Lite Sys.
Saturday 8 – 12 Noon                  December 6 & 13, 2008                December 11, 2008
4 – Hour Seminar                      Saturdays 7:30 – 12 Noon             Thursday – 12 noon – 5 pm
Limit: 15                             9 – Hour Seminar                     5 – Hour Seminar
                                      Limit: 12                            Limit:25
*2008 - Changes to the NEC            *NICET Level II                      *Electrical Grounding &
Mike Holt Curriculum                  Test Preparation Course              Bonding – 2008 NEC
Frederick Community College           IEC – Odenton Training Center        Frederick Community College
Instructor: Bob Runyon                Instructor: Greg Kessinger           Instructor: Bob Runyon
January 10 & 17, 2009                 Zenith Design Group                  February 14 & 21, 2009
                                      February 6 & 7, 2009
Saturdays – 9 – 2:30 pm                                                    Saturdays – 9 – 2:30
                                      Fri./Sat. 8 – 4:30 pm
10 – Hour Seminar                                                          10 – Hour Seminar
                                      16-Hour Seminar
Limit: 20                                                                  Limit: 20
                                      Limit: 25
Top 10 Electrical Construction        Ind/Commercial Electrical Basic      Catastrophic Protect. Sys. (CaPS)
Site Code Violations                  Estimating                           IEC – Odenton Training Center
Frederick Community College           IEC – Odenton Training Center        Instructor: Chris Martin
Instructor: Marty Schumacher          Instructor: Ray Sofield              February 25, 2009
February 19, 2009                     February 21 & 28, 2009               Wednesday 12 – 2 pm
Thursday - 3 – 8 pm                   Saturdays 7:30 – 12 Noon             2 – Hour Seminar
5 – Hour Seminar                      9 – Hour Seminar                     Limit: 30
Limit: 60                             Limit: 12
* 2008 - Changes to the NEC           Foreman’s Training                   Journeyman’s Prep. Class
Mike Holt Curriculum                  IEC – Odenton Training Center        IEC – Odenton Training Center
Frederick Community College           Instructor: Bill Bledsoe             Instructor: John Gordon
Instructor: Bob Runyon                March 13 & 14, 2009                  March 14, 21, 28 April 4, 2009
March 7 & 14, 2009                    Friday & Saturday 8 – 5 pm           Saturdays – 8 – 2 pm
Saturdays – 9 – 2:30 pm               16 - Hour Seminar                    24 - Hour Seminar
10 – Hour Seminar                     Limit: 30                            Limit: 20
Limit: 20
      *Courses available to meet Prince George & Harford County Master Electrician Training Requirements
       + Courses available to meet Delaware and North Carolina Master Electrician Training Requirements
                #Courses available to meet Virginia licensing renewal requirements effective 2008
                     Registration “On Line” at the IEC Website www.iec-chesapeake.com or by calling the
                                      IEC Odenton Training Center at: (800) 470 3013
                          IEC-CHESAPEAKE OFFICERS

President                Don Ord, Aztec Electric, donord@aztecelectric.com
Vice President           Jean Maisel, JDL Electric Co., Inc., jmaisel@jdlelectric.com
Secretary/Treasurer      Jim Holt, Holt Electrical Contractors, Inc., jim.holt@earthlink.net
Past President           Scott Harding, F. B. Harding, Inc., gsh@fbharding.com

IEC-CHESAPEAKE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

Apprenticeship           John Ennis, Ennis Electric Company, Inc., johnjr@enniselectric.com
Continuing Education     Michael Knecht, Cynergy Electric Company, Inc, mknecht@cynergyelectric.com
Industry Partner         Rob Dooley, Muar, Donnelly & Parr, Inc., rdooley@mdpins.com
Legislative              Vacant
Membership               Eric Shatzer, Hawkins Electric Service Inc., eric@hawkinselectric.com
Safety                   John Ross, Hawkins Electric, john@hawkinselectric.com
Bylaws                   Mitch Swerbilow, American Electric, mitch@americanelectric-md.com
Nominations              Scott Harding, F. B. Harding, Inc., gsh@fbharding.com
Workforce                Dennis Thomas, Thomco Electric Inc., thomco1@aol.com
Development



                                         IEC CHESAPEAKE STAFF
Office Administrator, Natalie Gloss                       Ext. 101          ngloss@iec-chesapeake.com
Membership Services, Carey Walker                         Ext. 103          cwalker@iec-chesapeake.com
Information Systems, Larry Dennis                         Ext. 104          ldennis@iec-chesapeake.com
Business Development—VA, Mervin Muñoz                     Ext. 105          mmunoz@iec-chesapeake.com
Pre-Apprenticeship Instructor, John Marks                 Ext. 106          jmarks@iec-chesapeake.com
Apprenticeship Coordinator, Rob Olyphant                  Ext. 107          rolyphant@iec-chesapeake.com
Director of Education , Jim Deal                          Ext. 108          jdeal@iec-chesapeake.com
Job Corp Instructor, Robert Palmer                        Ext. 111
Pre-Apprenticeship Case Manager, Tracy McCollum Ext. 112                    tmccullom@iec-chesapeake.com
AACC Site Coordinator, Doug Stauch                        Ext. 113
Executive Director, Grant Shmelzer                        Ext. 114          gshmelzer@iec-chesapeake.com




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