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Part IV: General Rules
Electrical Safety

citation 1910.301-399

  1. Electrical vault rooms are not to be used for storage and are to be locked at all times. Only authorized personnel shall work in electrical panels, alter existing wiring or install electrical wiring. No fuse may be installed in an electrical circuit which carries more amperage than the rating of the wiring for the circuit. All wiring installed at Indiana University shall comply with OSHA and with the Indiana Electric Code.
  2. For purposes of this manual, any systems operating at voltages above 480 volts shall be considered high voltage systems and shall be serviced only by specially trained employees.
  3. Insulated gloves, rubber-soled shoes and/or protective coverings should be used where necessary while repairing or installing electrical circuits.
  4. Hot plates, coffee pots, electric irons and other special heating equipment shall not be used, except in specially authorized locations.
  5. No electrical panel, switch or wiring shall be left open without protection. Workers shall red-tag, close and/or seal these items when not working in the immediate vicinity.
  6. Proper clearance shall be maintained to allow access to and operation of all panels and switchgear.
  7. Use only low-voltage drop lights (e.g., 12 volts or less) in areas that are wet or inside tanks. Avoid working on electrical circuits or equipment while your clothing or shoes are wet or while your hands or feet are immersed in water. Use GFI-protected circuits in these areas. Only U.L. listed, grounded extension cords shall be used, and under no circumstances shall any extension cord or electrical cord be spliced. Extension cords and electrical appliance wiring should be maintained in good repair.
  8. When adjusting, lubricating, moving or cleaning electrical equipment, always disconnect it from the electric outlet or circuits. Equipment being serviced or under testing shall be properly locked and tagged.
  9. If possible, do not work alone where electrical hazards exist. Try to check in periodically with someone to let them know you are safe.

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