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#92960 - 04/20/05 06:29 PM Temporary Installation?  
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Do remediation services that come in after a water leak or similar problem with cleaning, drying and dehumidifier equipment fall under the requirements of 527.6 (2002 ed) for GFCI protection?? Usually there are numerous pieces of equipment and some cords. Much of this equipment could be considered janitorial...


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#92961 - 04/21/05 12:54 PM Re: Temporary Installation?  
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It might depend on how their equipment is wired. I would think that appliances meant to be used in a wet environment would be "double" insulated... not sure how their (temporary) use would be covered in a Code interpretation.

ETA - maybe using GFCI cords / outlet adapters?

[This message has been edited by DougW (edited 04-21-2005).]


#92962 - 04/21/05 07:14 PM Re: Temporary Installation?  
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The appliances are provided with three wire cords (with equipment grounding conductor) with no integral GFCI. I guess what I am asking is whether this work would be considered 'construction, remodeling, maintenance, repair or demolition of buildings, structures, equipment or similar activities.' GFCI protection can be provided by a number of methods.


#92963 - 04/25/05 12:22 PM Re: Temporary Installation?  
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Construction means, "work for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating." 29 CFR 1926.32(g)

Without actually seeing the work that is being performed, I'd say that this is more than likely within the scope of "construction."

Take a look at the following letter of interpretation from OSHA, particularly question and answer #1. While it does not specifically address your question, it does discuss some of the criteria used to differentiate between "construction" and "maintenance."

Hope this helps.

Edited to add link to letter of interp. (oops.) http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=247 89

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