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Member of the NSAI Technical Committee
The Technical Committee members represent the national interests
NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is Ireland’s official standards body. NSAI aims to inspire consumer confidence and create the infrastructure for products and services to be recognised and relied on worldwide.
Standards Committees cover a specific sectoral area of work. These Committees, operated by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), partake in creating National, European and International Standards. The Standards produce safety and uniformity across all industries and facets of society while encouraging a single market by removing technical barriers to trade.
Technical Committees (TC) are established to develop Standards or other documents related to specific issues appropriate to the needs of that sector. During the TC meetings, responses to technical questions posed by members of the public are discussed and answered. Committee members are generally experienced and knowledgeable within their field of expertise. Capital Switchgear sits in the TC04 for Switchgear, control gear and associated equipment and TC 121 Switchgear and control gear and their assemblies for low voltage. Twenty engineers from the leading Irish electrical industry meet six times a year to review standards relating to TC04 and TC121 sectors. Meetings can last up to 4 hours.
According to Harry Grumiche, Capital Switchgear representative and participant on NSAI’s Technical Committees, national and international standards are critical to the safe design, manufacture and operation of electrical installations. Standards Development is therefore vital in maintaining standards current with available technology across all areas of electrical work. Working on Standards Development with other Electrical Engineers provides the opportunity to contribute to the industry and, at the same time, improve professional development. It is an excellent opportunity to build connections, increase one’s technical knowledge, and gain new perspectives and insights.
Michael Sinkey, Managing Director of Capital Switchgear, said: “Our involvement in Standards Committees has very positively impacted us. We have gained tremendous knowledge through continued participation in the group.”