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Can misc items be stored on top of breaker panels?

Question asked by john_avedian on Jan 31, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 3, 2017 by john_avedian

Over years of consulting on and auditing Health & Safety Management Systems I've repeatedly heard fellow consultants and auditors tell clients that storage on top of circuit breaker panels and other electrical equipment was not permitted by code. I recently tried to reference that requirement in the code but cannot find any information on storage on top of panels, only for the 36" clearance requirement in front of the panels. I've seen extra breakers, conduit couplers, light bulbs, tools, battery chargers, cell phones and myriad other items stored atop such equipment. Just wondering. Thanks.