(a)  Swinging access doors to pipe and utility spaces shall be at least one foot, eight inches x four feet in size and made of 3/16 inch steel plate.

(b)  Removable access panels shall be made of 3/16 inch open‑hearth steel plate and shall be large enough to permit entrance.

(c)  Access panels shall be secured to the wall either by 3/8 inch hex‑head screws tapped into the panel opening frame and spaced not more than eight inches on center, or they shall be secured by metal lugs at the bottom of the panel and a deadlock at the top, both of which shall be mounted at the back side of the panel to provide further security.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 153A‑220; 153A‑221;

Eff. June 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 5, 2016.