Could anybody tell me what the regulations are for installing a shower pull
switch, I have a shower pull switch out side the bathroom and have been told
that it has to be inside the bathroom for maintainace on the shower . I was
under the impression that when maintainace is carried out you should switch
off at the MCB.
UK IEE rules OK? You can Google the IEE domestic wiring regs.
"A separate permanently connected supply must be taken from
the consumer unit to the shower via a double pole linked
switch with a minimum contact gap of 3mm in both poles. The
switch can be a ceiling mounted pull cord type or a wall
mounted switch. /The switch must be readily accessible and
clearly identifiable/, but out of reach of a person using a
fixed bath or shower, except for the cord of a cord operated
switch. The wiring must be connected to that switch without
the use of a plug or socket outlet."
Is your present switch "readily accessible and clearly
Assuming that it is readily accessible - then all you may
need are some notices: eg a notice next to the shower,
saying that the isolating switch is just outside the door,
and a notice by/on the switch, saying what it is.
Readily accessible is, IME, normally interpreted as: you
don't need /anything/ to access it, eg keys, stepladders,
fork-lift truck. In an emergency, it could always be quickly
and easily identified and operated.
Clearly identifiable means that it is either uniquely
colocated with the unit - or that there is a clearly
identifiable notice colocated with the unit with /simple/
directions to locate the clearly identifiable switch.
One purpose of the switch is to enable a third party to
remove the supply prior going to the aid of someone who has
apparently been electrocuted. Thus it does need to be
identifiable and readily accessible. If it isn't, the
situation must be corrected.