EP 071 | Power Your Reno with Steve Smith



About this Episode

Interior design professionals carry enormous risk and liability doing their jobs day in and day out. Nowhere is that more evident than when it comes to providing electrical work. Listen and learn from Steve Smith of the Electrical Safety Authority.
In this episode we learn:
– advanced planning provides you with enough time to collaborate with the experts you are working with
– always getting the proper permits for every job adds a layer of protection
– before presenting to the client, talk to your trades about what you have planned—they will give you the information and the confidence you need to talk to clients
– be careful with internet or off-shore purchases—they may not be compliant with regulations in your state or province
– knowing the difference in color temperature and in types of bulbs can improve your projects—rely on your LEC to guide you

Take Aways

Four Questions to ask your Licensed Electrical Contractor

  1. What is your license number? (then verify!)
  2. Will you provide a written estimate, including electrical permit fees?
  3. Can you provide three references?
  4. Will you provide a certificate of inspection following completion?

Design Intervention

Planning ahead and collaboration with your licensed electrical contractor will improve your knowledge prior to presenting to the client.

Meet Steve Smith and ESA

Steve Smith is the General Manager of the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA’s) Central Region.

He manages 55 electrical inspectors and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of ESA’s regulatory duties within central Ontario, which include monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

Steve has worked with ESA (formerly a department of Ontario Hydro) for 32 years and has held many roles during that time, including Inspector, Senior Inspector, Technical Advisor, Project Manager and Director of Appeals. He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.

Prior to working with ESA and Ontario Hydro, Steve was a Master Electrician specializing in fire alarms as well as an instructor and training coordinator at the Joint Apprenticeship Council.

Steve is a certified Electrician RSE, C&M and Industrial (309A(D), 442), Master Electrician, Certified Engineering Technician, Certified Electrical Inspector, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Certified Fire Alarm Electrician.

The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA’s) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety across the province.

More information on the Electrical Safety Authority can be found at esasafe.com

Recommended Learnings:

COURSE: How to Prepare an Interior Design Worksheet

COURSE: Resource Guide to Excellence (RGE)

COURSE: Charging for Services: Managing Discounts

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