I'm confused. 422.31(B) allows the branch circuit breaker to serve as the disconnecting means even if not within sight of the appliance as long as the breaker is capable of being locked in the open position. Aren't ALL circuit breakers capable of being locked in the open position thru use of a lockout device??
Around here they usually want the "within sight" disconnect, even though the code does allow a lockable breaker. I tend to agree. It is hard enough to get a tech to turn off the disconnect when it is close. If he has to climb down from the attic, get a padlock from his truck, move all the crap the homeowner has piled in front of the panel yada yada ... he will work the unit hot. Most local AHJs around here feel the same way.
#93548 - 05/31/0508:17 PMRe: CB as disconnect means
We have had similar discussions in the past, and, as a reminder: - OSHA rules and NEC requirements differ; - Until the early '90's there were practically no electrical lock-out devices made; - Such devices often don't work on older equipment; and, - There is a lot of perfectly good equipment out there that was made before LOTO was an issue.
So what did we do back then? Most often, we opened the box, disconnected the wires, and maybe taped a sign up. If there was any doubt, we also disconnected the wires at the machine.
#93550 - 06/07/0510:07 PMRe: CB as disconnect means
I would have a problem with locking the panel cover close. What if there was a need turn off or on a different circuit in a hurry? Or worse yet what about an emergency need to get to the main? Now if this is a motor, 430.102(B) Exception makes locking the panel cover out of the question.
Just as a side note- When the last time you saw the key associated with a panel?
#93552 - 06/08/0508:16 AMRe: CB as disconnect means
Section 422.32 disconnecting means for appliances (if motor driven )Refers you to Part 9 in 430 which States INDIVIDUALLY capable of being locked Read 430.102 Exception . (that whole section refers to locking out the OVERCURRENT Device) They put that in there to make you put breaker locks on the instead of locking the covers.Explaination on page 544 2002 NFPA code handbook
#93553 - 06/08/0510:02 AMRe: CB as disconnect means