Here are a few excerpts from NFPA that should help:
NFPA 70, Article 210 requires GFCIs in these locations (I left out items (1)-(4) as they are not applicable to labs):
(5) Sinks — where receptacles are installed within 1.8 m
(6 ft) of the outside edge of the sink.
Exception No. 1 to (5): In industrial laboratories, receptacles
used to supply equipment where removal of power
would introduce a greater hazard shall be permitted to be
installed without GFCI protection.
Exception No. 2 to (5): For receptacles located in patient
bed locations of general care or critical care areas of
health care facilities other than those covered under
210.8(B)(1), GFCI protection shall not be required.
(6) Indoor wet locations
(7) Locker rooms with associated showering facilities
(8) Garages, service bays, and similar areas where electrical
diagnostic equipment, electrical hand tools, or portable
lighting equipment are to be used
NFPA 45 has the following regarding fume hood electrical devices:
8.8.4* Electrical Devices.
22.214.171.124 In installations where services and controls are within
the hood, additional electrical disconnects shall be located
within 15m(50 ft) of the hood and shall be accessible and clearly
126.96.36.199 If electrical receptacles are located external to the
hood, no additional electrical disconnect shall be required.
Dan Shiel, MBA, CSP, CHMM
Director, Risk & Quality Management Services
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List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Angelo T Chinni
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:50 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] GFCI's and requirements for locating near safety showers, and/or Sinks. . .
(Please forgive me if this is a repeat question. . .)
I am sending a request to the group for assistance in locating any U.S. regulations, design standards, codes with regard to providing Ground Fault Circuit Interuptor (GFCI) protection (in Laboratories) for electrical outlets located within the vicinity of eyewashes, and/or sinks. Additionally, are laboratory fume hoods (with water and drains supplied) provided with such protection (in addition to emergency power shut-off switches).
I would appreciate hearing from this group's experience.
Any history, background or references would be much appreciated. Please reply directly to chinniat**At_Symbol_Here**lilly.com
Angelo T. Chinni, CIH, CSP
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