Do Not Block Electrical Panels

September 2021

Hazards: Electrical, Housekeeping

Insufficient clearance around electrical panels is one of the many electrical hazards that can endanger worker safety. Obstructed access to electrical panels and switches can prevent personnel from shutting down the source of power in the event of an accident.

OSHA regulations and the National Electrical Code requires a clearance of at least 36 inches (3 feet)in front of electrical panels and electrical switches. The designated area is identified by black/yellow striped tape on the floor in front of the electrical panel or switch. This designated space cannot be blocked or used for any type of storage. This includes chairs.