NEMA Publishes New Guide for Evaluating Earthquake Damaged Equipment

ROSSLYN, Va., March 26, 2020—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA GD 3-2019 Evaluating Earthquake Damaged Electrical Equipment Guide. This new guide ​provides information on how to evaluate electrical equipment that has been exposed to earthquakes, and it helps determine whether exposed electrical equipment is suitable for use, reconditioning, or repair.

“Earthquake-damaged electrical equipment can be hazardous if reenergized without appropriate evaluation,” says Patrick Hughes, NEMA Vice President of Operations and Strategy. “To determine whether electrical equipment can be safely reenergized, or if it must be repaired or replaced, NEMA published the Evaluating Earthquake-Damaged Electrical Equipment Guide. The guide will provide on-the-ground inspectors and installers with additional information about what impact a seismic event might have on electrical equipment and whether it can be put back into operation.”

This guide is designed for suppliers, installers, inspectors, and users of electrical products.

NEMA GD 3-2019 is available as an electronic download at no cost on the NEMA website.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $124 billion in shipments and $42 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.

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