Environmental, Health and Safety Services

What are the requirements for using a power strip in my office?

Power strips are temporary taps that must be used correctly and safely in any setting.  Power strips must be plugged directly into premise receptacles and cannot be plugged into another power strip or extension cord.

Only power strips that are UL approved, provide overcurrent protection, and are grounded may be used on campus.  Power strips must be used in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations, and shall not be overloaded.  Most power strips are designed for low-wattage appliances such as lamps, computers, radios, etc. Large appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, tools/equipment/machinery should be plugged directly into premise receptacles and not into power strips.

For more information, contact your safety representative or EHS at 231-2341.