Plug-in electrical devices

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about electrical devices:

What are the requirements for plug-in devices (radios, PC’s etc.)in a factory setting. Are 3-prong grounding plugs required? Is GFI necessary?

Signed, Needing Information About Safety Requirements

Dear Needing Information About Safety Requirements:

These issues about workplace safety requirements, especially electrical regulations, are not ones that we handle. However, we do get many questions about them and often refer to other sources.There are a couple of places you could check about the questions you ask:

1. Many issues surrounding electrical and similar issues are covered under municipal code and can be found in that material for your city.

2. The fire department should be making regular inspections of a business and they often check for grounding issues on a cursory basis to ensure code compliance as it relates to fire risk. They might have written information as well.

3. Your state likely has a occupational health and safety department which may have regulations related to the issues you mention.4. The insurance carrier for your company may have material about best practices for a safe warehouse.Grounding plugs, ground fault interrupters (GFIs) and other protection and prevention devices protect individuals, the entire facility and nearby buildings. Most companies are concerned enough about their financial well-being that they require strict compliance to safety rules. It is usually individuals who go around those rules for their personal convenience–and because they don’t think it really will harm anything.Unsafe conditions should be corrected, whether or not there are specific requirements spelled out in regulations–and sometimes employees are best able to spot the problems. A workplace team is often a great way to identify and correct safety issues.Best wishes.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.