isolator in bathroom

27 Jan 2008
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Llanfair Caereinion, Nr Welshpool
United Kingdom
"132.15.2 (was 131-14-02) Every fixed electric motor shall be provided with an efficient means of switching off, readily accessible, easily operated and so placed as to prevent danger."
In the health and safety book it says it should be visible from operating position.
In real terms one needs to be able to isolate a fan so if it fails one can still use lights. But as to location it could be anywhere that the occupants can use.
If there is no window in the bathroom then the fan may be controlled by the lights, of course where there is a window there needs to be some other method to activate the fan. Unless the window can open then there is no need for a fan.
There are also regulations about the replacing of the air blown out by the fan. Unless provision is made it could draw flue gases the wrong direction and kill the occupants of the house.

Having said that the wet room I was involved in building had a fan installed with non opening windows and the building inspector did not pick us up on it. In real terms the fan was to satisfy the building inspector and once passed it was switched off on isolator never to be used again. I am sure the building inspectors know they will be switched off and so are not too bothered with the regulations.
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