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OSHA Watch Question of the Month - Sept/Oct 2003

Sept/Oct Question of the Month: How many inches are allowed between supplies and ceilings in storage areas and closets?

Answer: If you have sprinklers in the area, maintain an 18-inch clearance between the stored items and sprinkler heads. In areas without sprinklers, maintain a 24-inch clearance. The exception to this rule is that if you have built-in shelves that reach up to the ceiling, you may store items up to the ceiling, unless there is a sprinkler head right above the shelves.

Posted by Quality America on December 20, 2005 | Comments (0)


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