Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards/2 prong fans in the workplace

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I am an industrial supplier and I have customers looking for desk fans or table top fans with 3 prong plug ins.  I understand the OSHA violation of the 2 prong ones.  I have two questions:  1) are adapters allowable; 2) where can I find small fans with 3 prongs.  All of my fan manufacturers do not make a small one with 3 prongs.

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Question: I am an industrial supplier and I have customers looking for desk fans or table top fans with 3 prong plug ins.  I understand the OSHA violation of the 2 prong ones.  I have two questions:  1) are adapters allowable; 2) where can I find small fans with 3 prongs.  All of my fan manufacturers do not make a small one with 3 prongs.

Answer: Mary, there is at least one line of grounded fans manufactured by AirKing Ventilation Products with a web site at :

  http://www.airkinglimited.com/pages/home.html

I suspect there are others if you "Google" grounded fans or other products.
I have not done business to my knowledge with this line but they appear decent. Other questions - Yes OSHA will cite for ungrounded small appliances including employee coffee makers. And yes these grounded appliances do tend to be slightly more expensive. You can find AirKing fans on sites such as Amazon.com. Adaptors are not allowed as the actual appliance body and parts must be grounded which can be done by rewiring but that is not practical for most cases.

I hope this provides you with enough information to help. If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to ask.

Michael Brown, CSP Retired

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I specialize in the professional management of occupational safety and health as well as workers` compensation to reduce losses and improve production and address related issues through a comprehensive approach by senior management using proven principals.I worked for over twenty (20) years in the management of occupational safety, health and workers` compensation and safety training (Retired from employment in 1996 due to a stroke, which prevented the extensive travel required).

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