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BCC – The Foundry Project:  A common violation found during the finishing stages of a project is outlets having exposed parts.  §1926.405(j)(1)(i), references that “receptacles shall have no live parts normally exposed to employee contact”. 

The issue at hand is that without a cover, an employee may be exposed to a potential shocking hazard if a finger or tool is placed into the outlet. An option to navigate this issue during mudding and painting operations, is to have the electrical contractor de-energize portions of a hallway or room and verify that the receptacles are not live. Once this is done, the face plate may be removed and tasks may commence. The face plate should be re-installed on the outlet before energizing the outlet. This is the only approved method for these types of operations, as OSHA has deemed practices such as wrapping the internal portion of the outlet in electrical tape, which in theory removes the need for a faceplate, as noncompliant.

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