Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.305(j)(3); 1910.399


May 12, 2003

Mr. Trevor J. Sams
756, 132nd St. Circle, NE
Bradenton, FL 34212

Thank you for your March 13, 2003 letter to the U.S. Department of Labor. Your letter was assigned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP). Please be aware that this response may not be applicable to any question or scenario not delineated within your original correspondence. You had questions regarding electrical safety in the workplace, specifically the use of rechargeable racks for paging transmitters that are commonly used in restaurants, hospitals, and in other service industries.

Question: Are there any OSHA regulations covering the use of electrical appliances in the workplace?

Reply: Yes, 29 CFR 1910.305(j)(3)(i-iii) addresses workplace use of electrical appliances. Furthermore, 29 CFR 1910.399, Definitions applicable to this subpart, defines Appliances as; "Utilization equipment, generally other than industrial, normally built in standardized sizes or types, which is installed or connected as a unit to perform one or more functions such as clothes washing, air conditioning, food mixing, deep frying, etc."

Question: Do rechargeable racks fall under any OSHA or other federal or state legislative code?

Reply: Yes. This equipment is covered by 29 CFR, Subpart S - Electrical, §1910.301- §1910.399. Additionally, electrical equipment that is used in the workplace must be acceptable and approved within the meaning of Subpart S. For the definitions of "acceptable" and "approved," see 29 CFR §1910.399, Definitions applicable to this subpart.

Furthermore, if you feel that you may be exposed to unsafe working conditions and you are an employee of the establishment, you have the right to file a form