#119 | General Housekeeping
|Product||Critical Power / Electrical Equipment|
|Application||Critical Power / Electrical / Switchgear Room|
|Resolution||Recommending to clients the continuous importance of proper housekeeping and electrical room cleanliness in accordance with codes and regulations.|
|Root Cause||There are many instances encountered by field service personnel where the critical power and/or electrical room is also used for ‘storage’ or overflow of miscellaneous company items such as: Janitorial supplies, Copy Room Supplies (paper reams), Record Retention (Financial / Personal data), etc.|
These rooms should not be used for storage / overflow because they fall under the guidance of both safety and electrical codes and regulations, such as the NFPA’s code for ‘Clear Spaces’ which states;
Working space required by other codes and standards shall not be used for storage. This space shall be kept clear to permit safe operation and maintenance of electrical equipment.
Companies should heed the recommendations of their electrical and field service providers when it is recommended to remove storage / overflow items form these rooms, to support a safer work environment, and one that meets the proper safety and electrical codes and standards.
The cost to maintain their critical power equipment namely the UPS, becomes a cost saving strategy that frankly, is looking at ‘how to not spend money’ as opposed to ‘how to not lose money due to an outage’…and considering the risks involved, this is a dangerous, and potentially costly practice.
Depending on the age, size, brand and condition, used UPS systems can be refurbished and/or recycled. By government and industry regulations, spent and expired batteries are disposed and recycled Per EPA regulations.
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