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Here is a bit of a conundrum that we are constantly having battles with during new domestic builds with various clients. The query is the siting of fan isolators and shower isolators for mechanical maintenance.

Our local NIC/EIC engineer and we agree, that fan isolators and shower isolators should be placed on the inside of the bathroom (in the correct zones obviously) so that it is under the control of the person who may carry out maintenance on a fan or shower unit in the future. The argument being that if the isolator is fitted on the outside it is not under your control, especially if the bathroom door gets closed, and anyone else in the house at the time could potentially turn the switch on without you knowing about it. I know you can get lockable isolators but are not very nice in a domestic environment.

All we can not find in any of our referance books is 'under the control for maintenance'. Does this mean the isolator should be in line of sight? Can anyone clarify this?

To make things worse I called NIC/EIC technical. They said all should be placed on the outside no matter what. I challenged this refering to 'under control'. The less than helpful guy then said just padlock off the consumer unit and place a sign saying electrician working. Also I could lock the front door to prevent people entering the house and be safe this way. Great answers! When I persisted and finally told him what our area engineer says he could see both sides of the argument and said don't know then mate. It is open to deabte.

We have a couple of customers who want isolators on the outside because it is their preferance and they are paying etc.

What do you all think?
 
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