Systems over 600 volts, nominal. Paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(4) of this section contain general
requirements for all circuits and equipment operated at over 600 volts.
Wiring methods for fixed installations -
Above ground. Above-ground conductors shall be installed in rigid metal conduit, in intermediate
metal conduit, in cable trays, in cablebus, in other suitable raceways, or as open runs of metal-clad cable designed for the use and purpose. However,
open runs of non-metallic-sheathed cable or of bare conductors or busbars may be installed in locations which are accessible only to qualified
persons. Metallic shielding components, such as tapes, wires, or braids for conductors, shall be grounded. Open runs of insulated wires and cables
having a bare lead sheath or a braided outer covering shall be supported in a manner designed to prevent physical damage to the braid or
Installations emerging from the ground. Conductors emerging from the ground shall be enclosed in
raceways. Raceways installed on poles shall be of rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, PVC schedule 80 or equivalent extending from the
ground line up to a point 8 feet (2.44 m) above finished grade. Conductors entering a building shall be protected by an enclosure from the ground line
to the point of entrance. Metallic enclosures shall be grounded.
Interrupting and isolating devices -
Circuit breakers. Circuit breakers located indoors shall consist of metal-enclosed or
fire-resistant, cell-mounted units. In locations accessible only to qualified personnel, open mounting of circuit breakers is permitted. A means of
indicating the open and closed position of circuit breakers shall be provided.
Fused cutouts. Fused cutouts installed in buildings or transformer vaults shall be of a type
identified for the purpose. They shall be readily accessible for fuse replacement.
Equipment isolating means. A means shall be provided to completely isolate equipment for
inspection and repairs. Isolating means which are not designed to interrupt the load current of the circuit shall be either interlocked with a circuit
interrupter or provided with a sign warning against opening them under load.
Mobile and portable equipment -
Power cable connections to mobile machines. A metallic enclosure shall be provided on the mobile
machine for enclosing the terminals of the power cable. The enclosure shall include provisions for a solid connection for the ground wire(s) terminal
to ground effectively the machine frame. The method of cable termination used shall prevent any strain or pull on the cable from stressing the
electrical connections. The enclosure shall have provision for locking so only authorized qualified persons may open it and shall be marked with a
sign warning of the presence of energized parts.
Guarding live parts. All energized switching and control parts shall be enclosed in effectively
grounded metal cabinets or enclosures. Circuit breakers and protective equipment shall have the operating means projecting through the metal cabinet
or enclosure so these units can be reset without locked doors being opened. Enclosures and metal cabinets shall be locked so that only authorized
qualified persons have access and shall be marked with a sign warning of the presence of energized parts. Collector ring assemblies on revolving-type
machines (shovels, draglines, etc.) shall be guarded.
Tunnel installations -
Application. The provisions of this paragraph apply to installation and use of high-voltage power
distribution and utilization equipment which is associated with tunnels and which is portable and/or mobile, such as substations, trailers, cars,
mobile shovels, draglines, hoists, drills, dredges, compressors, pumps, conveyors, and underground excavators.
Conductors. Conductors in tunnels shall be installed in one or more of the following:
Metal conduit or other metal raceway,
Type MC cable, or
Other suitable multiconductor cable.
Conductors shall also be so located or guarded as to protect them from physical damage. Multiconductor portable cable may supply mobile
equipment. An equipment grounding conductor shall be run with circuit conductors inside the metal raceway or inside the multiconductor cable jacket.
The equipment grounding conductor may be insulated or bare.
Guarding live parts. Bare terminals of transformers, switches, motor controllers, and other
equipment shall be enclosed to prevent accidental contact with energized parts. Enclosures for use in tunnels shall be drip-proof, weatherproof, or
submersible as required by the environmental conditions.
Disconnecting means. A disconnecting means that simultaneously opens all ungrounded conductors
shall be installed at each transformer or motor location.
Grounding and bonding. All nonenergized metal parts of electric equipment and metal raceways and
cable sheaths shall be grounded and bonded to all metal pipes and rails at the portal and at intervals not exceeding 1000 feet (305 m) throughout the
Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 remote control, signaling, and power-limited circuits-
Classification. Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 remote control, signaling, or power-limited circuits
are characterized by their usage and electrical power limitation which differentiates them from light and power circuits. These circuits are
classified in accordance with their respective voltage and power limitations as summarized in paragraphs (b)(1)(i) through (b)(1)(iii) of this
Class 1 circuits -
A Class 1 power-limited circuit is supplied from a source having a rated output of not more
than 30 volts and 1000 volt-amperes.
A Class 1 remote control circuit or a Class 1 signaling circuit has a voltage which does not
exceed 600 volts; however, the power output of the source need not be limited.
Class 2 and Class 3 circuits -
Power for Class 2 and Class 3 circuits is limited either inherently (in which no overcurrent
protection is required) or by a combination of a power source and overcurrent protection.
The maximum circuit voltage is 150 volts AC or DC for a Class 2 inherently limited power
source, and 100 volts AC or DC for a Class 3 inherently limited power source.
The maximum circuit voltage is 30 volts AC and 60 volts DC for a Class 2 power source limited
by overcurrent protection, and 150 volts AC or DC for a Class 3 power source limited by overcurrent protection.
Application. The maximum circuit voltages in paragraphs (b)(1)(i) and (b)(1)(ii) of this
section apply to sinusoidal AC or continuous DC power sources, and where wet contact occurrence is not likely.
Marking. A Class 2 or Class 3 power supply unit shall not be used unless it is durably marked where
plainly visible to indicate the class of supply and its electrical rating.
Communications systems -
Scope. These provisions for communication systems apply to such systems as central-station-connected
and non-central-station-connected telephone circuits, radio receiving and transmitting equipment, and outside wiring for fire and burglar alarm, and
similar central station systems. These installations need not comply with the provisions of 1926.403 through 1926.408(b), except 1926.404(c)(1)(ii)
Circuits exposed to power conductors. Communication circuits so located as to be exposed to
accidental contact with light or power conductors operating at over 300 volts shall have each circuit so exposed provided with an approved
Antenna lead-ins. Each conductor of a lead-in from an outdoor antenna shall be provided with an
antenna discharge unit or other means that will drain static charges from the antenna system.
Conductor location -
Outside of buildings -
Receiving distribution lead-in or aerial-drop cables attached to buildings and lead-in
conductors to radio transmitters shall be so installed as to avoid the possibility of accidental contact with electric light or power
The clearance between lead-in conductors and any lightning protection conductors shall not be
less than 6 feet (1.83 m).
On poles. Where practicable, communication conductors on poles shall be located below the light
or power conductors. Communications conductors shall not be attached to a crossarm that carries light or power conductors.
Inside of buildings. Indoor antennas, lead-ins, and other communication conductors attached as
open conductors to the inside of buildings shall be located at least 2 inches (50.8 mm) from conductors of any light or power or Class 1 circuits
unless a special and equally protective method of conductor separation is employed.
Equipment location. Outdoor metal structures supporting antennas, as well as self-supporting
antennas such as vertical rods or dipole structures, shall be located as far away from overhead conductors of electric light and power circuits of
over 150 volts to ground as necessary to avoid the possibility of the antenna or structure falling into or making accidental contact with such
Lead-in conductors. If exposed to contact with electric light or power conductors, the metal
sheath of aerial cables entering buildings shall be grounded or shall be interrupted close to the entrance to the building by an insulating joint or
equivalent device. Where protective devices are used, they shall be grounded.
Antenna structures. Masts and metal structures supporting antennas shall be permanently and
effectively grounded without splice or connection in the grounding conductor.
Equipment enclosures. Transmitters shall be enclosed in a metal frame or grill or separated
from the operating space by a barrier, all metallic parts of which are effectively connected to ground. All external metal handles and controls
accessible to the operating personnel shall be effectively grounded. Unpowered equipment and enclosures shall be considered grounded where connected
to an attached coaxial cable with an effectively grounded metallic shield.
[61 FR 5507, Feb. 13, 1996]