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DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND BUSINESS SERVICES,
BUILDING CODES DIVISION
ELECTRICAL AND ELEVATOR ADMINISTRATION AND DEFINITIONS
For purposes of OAR chapter 918, divisions
251 through 311, unless otherwise specified, the following apply:
(1) "Appliance" as applied
to the limited maintenance specialty contractor license established by ORS 479.630,
means any built-in or permanently-connected electrical utilization equipment, not
including lighting fixtures, other than industrial, that is installed or connected
as a unit to perform one or more functions such as clothes washing, air conditioning,
food mixing, deep frying, etc.
(2) "Approved" when referring
to electrical product certification means approved in Oregon or for Oregon by the
Electrical and Elevator Board.
(3) "Balance of system" as
it relates to renewable electrical energy systems are those products, equipment,
and systems for the conversion, control and storage of electrical energy.
(4) "Board" means Electrical
and Elevator Board.
(5) "Building" means a structure
that stands alone or that is isolated from adjoining structures by area separation
walls as identified in Chapter 7 of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code adopted
in OAR chapter 918, division 460, with all openings therein protected by approved
fire doors as required.
(6) "Certification Mark"
is identification on an electrical product indicating that the product has been
certified under ORS 479.760.
(7) "Certified Electrical
Product" is an electrical product certified under ORS 479.760 to which a label or
other identifying mark.
(8) "Continuously Employ"
means a person, including a person leased from a worker leasing company licensed
under ORS 656.850, during time periods when electrical work for which they are responsible
is performed, devotes their entire time of employment to tasks of supervising, designing,
laying out, planning, controlling, and making electrical installations for the electrical
contractor for which the supervisor is registered as signing supervisor.
(9) "Custom Made" means electrical
products that are designed for a specific purpose and location.
(10) "Document" means prepare
records itemizing what was checked, why it was checked, when it was done, how it
was checked, what was determined, and who did the work.
(11) "Electrical Specialty
Code" means the National Electrical Code with Oregon amendments.
(12) "Electrical Specialty
Code Inspector," formerly referred to as "A-Level Electrical Inspector," is a person
certified to inspect under the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code.
(13) "Energy generation,"
as it relates to renewable electrical energy generation equipment, are those products,
equipment, and systems in renewable electrical energy systems that produce or convert
(14) "Engineer" is an individual
who has completed a minimum four-year degree program in electrical engineering or
electrical technology with power specialty, from an accredited college or university
and has received a Bachelor of Science degree.
(15) "Field Evaluation" means
the evaluation of electrical products by an approved field evaluation firm.
(16) "Indorsement" is a designation
within the restricted energy electrical area showing qualifications and training
regarding a product area. It determines the scope of restricted energy electrical
activity authorized under a restricted energy electrical license.
(17) "Industrial Electronic
Equipment" means a device, appliance, motor, or machine regulated, operated, or
controlled through fiber optics or by a combination of electron tubes, capacitors,
resistors, impedance transformer, and relays; the control circuit, and/or the power
circuits having electrons flowing through a vacuum, metallic vapor, gas tubes, or
transistors as used in an industrial plant.
(18) "Industrial Plant",
for purposes of licensing and electrical master permit inspection program, means
an establishment engaged in industrial production, or service, or a school, hospital,
sewer plant, water plant, commercial office building, building occupied by the state
or a local government entity, or an institution. For purposes of the elevator program,
"industrial plant" does not include a school, hospital, commercial office building,
building occupied by the state or a local government entity, or an institution where
the elevators are accessible to and used by persons other than the employees of
(19) "Installation" includes
external and field wiring, service contracts or warranties by the seller or manufacturer
concerning the longevity of the equipment or parts after the original installation.
It does not include "start-up" activities where new equipment is placed in service,
and that type of work related to delivering and setting in place a piece of machinery.
(20) "Inverter", as it relates
to renewable electrical energy generation equipment, is a product, equipment or
system that converts direct current into alternating current.
(21) "Jurisdictional Inspector"
is a state or municipal inspector having inspection responsibility within their
jurisdiction over electrical products or their installation, or both.
(22) "Labeled" means a label,
symbol or other identifying mark of a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL),
field evaluation firm or the division that is attached to an electrical product
indicating the product is manufactured according to approved standards and tested
or evaluated for specific end uses or both.
(23) "Lighting Fixture" is
a complete lighting unit consisting of a lamp or lamps together with the parts designed
to distribute the light, to position and protect the lamps, and to connect the lamp
to the power supply.
(24) "Limited Energy System"
means those systems that include Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 systems as defined
by Section 725.2 of NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code) and audio systems, communication
systems and power-limited fire alarm systems, covered in the Oregon Electrical Specialty
(25) "Listed Product" means
a product was examined and accepted by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory
(NRTL) to meet a particular product standard and]is maintained on a list of the
(26) "Maintain" means to
preserve electrical equipment in a good sound condition.
(27) "Maintenance" Compare
with repair, replacement, and maintain for definition.
(28) "Minimum Electrical
Installation Safety Code" means the adopted Oregon Electrical Specialty Code.
(29) "Nationally Recognized
Testing Laboratory (NRTL)" means a laboratory recognized by the Federal Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under 29 CFR 1910.7.
(30) "NEMA" means the National
Electrical Manufacturers Association.
(31) "Off grid system" is
a stand-alone system, connected to a structure, whose electrical systems are not
connected to a utility-supplied electrical production and distribution network.
(32) "On grid system" is
an electrical power system connected to a structure whose electrical systems are
also connected to a utility-supplied electrical production and distribution network.
(33) "Plug-in Replacement"
is a part, component or assembly designed to be inserted directly into a mating
receptacle or socket such as printed circuit boards, control relays, control harnesses
or other equipment connected by a cord or cable and plug assembly. A plug-in replacement
does not have any field wiring that is connected to the plug-in part or assembly.
(34) "Power Circuitry" means
that portion of the system, other than control, that provides electrical power to
(35) "Registered Professional
Electrical Engineer" is an individual licensed by the State of Oregon Board of Engineering
Examiners as a professional electrical engineer under OAR chapter 820, division
(36) "Renewable Electrical
Energy System" as it relates to electrical energy generation, is the total components
and subsystems that, in combination, convert wind energy, solar energy, micro-hydroelectricity,
photovoltaic energy or fuel cell energy into electrical energy suitable for connection
to a utilization load.
(37) "Repair" means to restore
worn or damaged parts to a good, sound condition by means other than replacement.
(38) "Replacement" means
substitution of complete units of damaged or worn equipment with similar new or
used equipment of a size and rating that does not exceed the design capacity of
the existing product.
(39) "Signing Supervising
Electrician" or "Signing Supervisor" is a licensed supervising electrician who has
been authorized by the electrical contractor to sign permits.
(40) "Similar Equipment,"
as applied to the limited maintenance specialty contractor license established by
ORS 479.630(12), means components of light fixtures other than ballasts.
(41) "Special Deputy" means
a person certified by the board or Chief Electrical Inspector to perform special
deputy inspections allowed under ORS 479.760.
(42) "Stand-alone system"
is a renewable electrical energy system that supplies power independently of an
electrical production and distribution network.
(43) "Up to the load side
of the inverter", as it relates to electrical energy generation equipment, is the
renewable electrical energy system equipment up to the alternating current connection
terminals of the inverter.
[Publications: Publications referenced
are available from the agency.]
Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.630
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.730
Hist.: DC 10, f. 4-13-72,
ef. 5-1-72; DC 12-1981, f. 9-29-81, ef. 10-1-81; DC 10-1982, f. & ef. 3-1-82;
Renumbered from 814-022-0105; BCA 44-1991, f. & cert. ef. 12-26-91; BCD 19-1996,
f. 9-17-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96, Renumbered from 918-260-0005; BCD 4-1999, f. &
cert. ef. 4-1-99; BCD 23-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-2000; BCD 5-2001, f. 6-7-01,
cert. ef. 7-1-01; BCD 23-2001(Temp), f. 12-28-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02 thru 6-29-02;
BCD 9-2002, f. 3-29-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; BCD 21-2002(Temp), f. 8-30-02, cert. ef.
9-1-02 thru 2-27-03; BCD 23-2002, f. 9-13-02 cert. ef. 10-1-02; BCD 34-2002, f.
12-20-02, cert. ef. 1-1-03; BCD 12-2003(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-24-03 thru 10-31-03;
BCD 15-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-03; BCD 4-2004, f. 3-31-04, cert. ef. 4-1-04;
BCD 3-2007, f. 3-30-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07; BCD 5-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10;
BCD 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 21-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11;
BCD 12-2014, f. 9-30-14, cert. ef. 10-1-14
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