Qualified answer? Does a government facility fall under the NEC? Would this be an OSHA requirement? If strictly an NEC issue I would say the safety officer would have no right to require something such as this.
#82046 - 10/15/0206:08 PMRe: Existing Drinking Water Fountain
My Understanding of the AHJ, the person or body that decides how the code(s) will be applied to a specific case. The final say in how certain code(s) get applied in their area of responsibility. The AHJ opinions must have some basis in fact and cannot be pulled out of thin air
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#82048 - 10/15/0207:55 PMRe: Existing Drinking Water Fountain
Is this "Goverment" facility fall under Federal laws? Or maybe state rules? Here in NJ, the municiple inspector has no jurisdition with state or fed. buildings. Unless someone else owns the building. For example, if the Dept. of Motor Vehicle rents space in a local store front, then we would inspect the building. If it is a train station or post office, we are hands off.
#82050 - 10/15/0209:09 PMRe: Existing Drinking Water Fountain
Joe: The NEC is the "minimum" standards required for electrical installations; correct? We as inspectors are mandated to enforce the NEC. We as contractors are mandated to perform our installations to the NEC, as MINIMUM standards.
WE as contractors CAN exceed the NEC requirements; correct??? WE as inspectors CANNOT mandate standards that exceed the NEC; correct??
The "Safety Officer", may have the jurisdiction to mandate GFI's if he is not stating "they are required by the NEC". Engineers and architects can specify installations that exceed the NEC; wire size, pipe size, "spec" devices; GFI's all over, etc.
The above is my humble opinion, as an electrical inspector, and an electrical contractor. (NJ licenses) John
#82051 - 10/15/0209:49 PMRe: Existing Drinking Water Fountain