Electric.ie March/April 2018 Editon

6 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • ETCI ETCI - A Long History of Achievement Keane Harley (ESB) and Tony O'Doherty (IIRS) ർ The Electro-Technical Council of Ireland has recently ceased to operate. It was an organisation that paved the way for electrical standardisation and safety across Ireland for many years. The NSAI have now taken over the function of establishing and maintaining electrical standards across the industry. We take a look at the history of the ETCI and their long list of achievements. T he driving force behind ETCI's establishment was Tony O'Doherty (IIRS) and the late Keane Harley (ESB). It was formally constituted in 1972. The council was ‘ƥ…‹ƒŽŽ› ”‡…‘‰‹•‡† „› –Š‡ department of industry and commerce as the national body responsible for the harmonisation of standards ‹ –Š‡ ‡Ž‡…–”‘–‡…Š‹…ƒŽ Ƥ‡Ž†Ǥ Not long after this, they ’—„Ž‹•Š‡† –Š‡ ͱ•– ‡†‹–‹‘ ‘ˆ –Š‡ "National Rules for Electrical •–ƒŽŽƒ–‹‘•̾ ȋ ͱͰͱȌǤ  ͱ͹ͷʹ –Š‡ „‡…ƒ‡ –Š‡ Irish National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission. By 1977, ETCI Šƒ† †‡˜‡Ž‘’‡† ͱͰ –‡…Š‹…ƒŽ committees across the whole spectrum of the industry. During the 1980s they produced several publications of note including "The Safe Use of Electricity in the Home" and "Code of Practice for the Design, Selection and Erection of Low- Voltage Switchgear". They also produced "A Guide to the Selection of Electrical Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres. In 1983 Dr Ron Kirkham was appointed Vice-Chairman of CENELEC and two years later he became President. Š‡ Ͳ–Š ‡†‹–‹‘ ‘ˆ ͱͰͱ ™ƒ• ’—„Ž‹•Š‡† ‹ ͱ͹͹ͱǤ Š‡ ‡‰‹•–‡” of Electrical Contractors was also ‡•–ƒ„Ž‹•Š‡† ‹ –Š‹• ›‡ƒ”Ǥ Š‡ ͳʹ–Š CENELEC General Assembly was Š‡Ž† ‹ —„Ž‹ ‹ ͱ͹͹ʹǤ Š‡ …‡Ž‡„”ƒ–‡† Ͳ͵ ›‡ƒ”• ƒ– ƒ ”‡…‡’–‹‘ ‹ —„Ž‹ ƒ•–Ž‡ ‹ ͱ͹͹͸Ǥ Šƒ– same year they started work for –Š‡ ͳ”† ‡†‹–‹‘ ‘ˆ ͱͰͱ Membership of the ETCI council was now mainly made up of voluntary representatives from several bodies such as the AECI, ACEI, AEW, CIBSE, Dublin City Council, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eircom, ESB, EMDA, Engineers Ireland, Health and Safety Authority, IET, IEEF, NISO, RTE and the TEEU. The next decade brought the launch of the 3rd edition as well as many other ET publications and the "Good Practice Guide on the Management of Electrical Safety at work". In 2004 with the Š‡Ž’ ‘ˆ –Š‡ Ƥ”•– ‡Ž‡…–”‘‹… …‡”–‹Ƥ…ƒ–‹‘ •›•–‡ ˆ‘” ‡Ž‡…–”‹…ƒŽ installations was launched. 2008 •ƒ™ –Š‡ ͠–Š ‡†‹–‹‘ ‘ˆ ͱͰͱ published. Throughout the last four decades, ETCI has provided Ireland with world class systems, guides, and National Rules. They have created a comprehensive and robust Standards system infrastructure on which the NSAI Electro- Technical Committee and its experts can build on for the future. Dr Ron Kirkham