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Old 3rd August 2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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I worked in a electronics shop at my highschool and we had to follow OSHA guidelines for safety and that meant all workbenches had to have GFCI outlets installed. From what i remember even the outlets along the walls for the cleaning crew were GFCI's too.

My question is, how many of you have installed GFCI outlets at your workbench? I'm using a regular outlet at mine but I'm going to change that soon.
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A GFCI does little good if you're servicing double insulated class 2 equipment.
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I have RCBO (=gfci?) installed on all the power rings in the house, except the listening room.
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A GFCI does little good if you're servicing double insulated class 2 equipment.

True, you still have to use your head when working on all equipment. And really the only time i have something plugged in is when i'm testing, setting bias/dc offset and then i use alligator test leads. I can't think i've ever really had my hands inside a unit when it was plugged in. I have a portable oscope so the only test equipment i use that runs on AC power is a benchtop power supply and my computer which doubles as a signal generator.

RCBO is a circuit breaker version of the GFCI outlet. It goes in place of normal circuit breakers instead of the outlets and is probably the better solution of the two...
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