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National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

What is NEMA; what does it stand for, and what do they do? This article explains NEMA for those who want to know.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is a trade association founded in 1926 with a membership of over 400 companies that manufacture products used in the electrical industry. NEMA is a recognized leader in the standardization of electrical equipment. The mission of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association is to promote "the competitiveness of the U.S. electrical product industry through the development of standards, advocacy in federal and state legislatures and executive agencies, and the collection and analysis of economic data". NEMA has an important role in the development and promotion of standards for excellence in the electrical manufacturing industry.

NEMA members work to be leaders in developing new technologies and standards while advocating for the best interests of the electrical industry and users of its products. NEMA members work to improve the production, manufacturing, and distribution of electrical and medical imaging products, and conduct educational forums. NEMA members share core values including the promotion of safe and effective design, manufacture, installation and use of electrical and medical imaging products; valuing open and competitive markets for electrical and medical imaging products; and supporting sound national regulations and voluntary standards that promote innovation, economy, energy efficiency and public safety.

NEMA and ANSI Z535

NEMA has a commitment to workplace safety and promotes safety through standards. NEMA is a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is an ANSI accredited standards developer. NEMA is the publisher of ANSI/NEMA Z535 , the Safety Alerting Standards Set that helps to prevent accidents, injuries and death in the workplace and public places through alerting workers and others about hazards they may be exposed to. While each of the six standards in the ANSI/NEMA Z535 Set has its own distinctive properties, together the Z535 standards aid in the prevention of accidents and injuries.

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