Heath Garrison is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for electrical safety and electrical installations for the entire laboratory at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The 327-acre campus in Golden, Colorado, houses four LEED-rated buildings.
Heath is a Certified Master Electrician and an ICC Certified Electrical Inspector with 15 years of commercial, industrial, and residential experience. He recently passed the exam to earn the NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) certification. The CESCP is the newest certification offered by NFPA and is specifically designed to meet the certification requirements of supervisors managing electricians and other facilities personnel who work with electrical power systems.
In his current role, Heath is responsible for assuring the compliance of the latest current edition of NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code®, NFPA 70E®: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, IEEE C2 National Electrical Safety Code, and OSHA 1910. He enforces the requirements of the Electrical Safety Program and ensures the workplace safety of electrical, instrument, electronics, and refrigeration technicians.
He began his training as an apprentice and he continues by taking classes towards earning his Electrical Engineering degree. Recently, he’s had the opportunity to train in specific areas related to NFPA 70®, NFPA 70E®, and electrical circuitry.
Eligibility requirements to earn CESCP
An important eligibility requirement is completion of 40 hours or 4.0 CEUs of electrical safety training. Heath has spent the past several years diligently earning the following certificates:
• NFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace Seminar (2012 Edition)
• NFPA 70E® - 2012 Update
• High Voltage Electrical Worker Safety
• Identifying and Installing Low Voltage Circuits
• NEC® Overview for Lab Workers
• Continuing Education with the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation, for electricians
The NFPA Certification Team is looking forward to sharing more profiles in Certification in the coming months!