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Safety requirements

Install Hitachi Vantara equipment in accordance with the local safety codes and regulations that apply to the facility. This chapter describes additional safety information that can apply to your facility. Read and follow the safety guidelines in this chapter before installing the equipment.

General safety guidelines

Observe the following general site guidelines:

  • General requirementsThe data center must comply with all applicable safety regulations, standards, and requirements for installing and operating industrial computer equipment similar to a storage system.
  • Fire protectionThe data center must have an operational fire protection system appropriate for use with computer and electrical equipment.
  • HazardsThe data center must be free of hazards (for example, cables on the floor that can block access or cause people to trip).
  • Equipment modificationsDo not make mechanical or electrical modifications to the equipment. Hitachi Vantara is not responsible for regulatory compliance of a modified Hitachi Vantara product.
  • Earthquake safetyTo minimize personal injury in the event of an earthquake, securely fasten the control and drive chassis to a rigid structure extending from the floor to the ceiling or from the walls of the room in which the system is located.
  • CablingDo not block walkways when routing cables. Do not place heavy materials on cables. Do not place cables near any possible source of heat.
  • Warning and safety labelsSafety warnings, cautions, and instructions in various languages are attached to the storage system components. The safety warnings provide guidelines to follow when working with any equipment. Before working on the storage system, read all safety and warning labels attached to it. If the labels become dirty, damaged, unreadable, or peel off, contact the Hitachi Vantara support center.
  • Authorized personnelAllow only qualified and authorized personnel (for example, a certified electrician) to perform hazardous tasks.

Work safety guidelines

Observe the following site guidelines:

  • Do not wear loose clothing that could get caught in the equipment or mounting hardware. Fasten your tie or scarf and roll up your sleeves.
  • Wear safety glasses when working under conditions that are hazardous to your eyes.
  • Do not perform any action that creates a potential hazard to people or makes the equipment or rack unsafe.
  • Keep walkways clear of tools, power cables, and parts to prevent them from being stepped on or causing people to trip and fall over them.
  • Do not work on the equipment or disconnect cables during a thunderstorm, when wearing a wool sweater or other heavy wool clothing, or when power is applied.
  • Keep floors dry to prevent slips and falls.
  • Do not use ungrounded power cables.
  • Keep the area clear and dust-free during and after installation.
  • Do not block or cover equipment openings. Ensure that all equipment has adequate airflow. Failure to follow these guidelines can cause overheating and affect the system reliability.
  • If you notice unusual heat generation, odors, or smoke emission, shut off the power feed to the equipment and contact a maintenance engineer. Leaving such conditions unattended can result in hazardous physical conditions and equipment failure.
  • The rack is equipped with casters so that it can be moved short distances to position it for final installation. Use enough personnel (minimum of two) when moving a rack, especially on sloping loading docks and ramps to a raised computer room floor. Move the cabinet slowly and deliberately, and make sure that the floor is free from foreign objects and cables that the cabinet could roll over.
WARNINGTo avoid injury, wear protective footwear when moving equipment.

Warning about moving parts

Even though customers do not install or maintain equipment, these guidelines are provided to prevent possible injury when working with authorized service personnel. Observe the following warning related to moving parts:

  • Tuck in any loose clothing so that it cannot be caught by a moving or rotating part such as a fan.
  • Tie up long hair.
  • Unless otherwise specifically instructed, do not supply power to any device that contains rotating or moving parts that are not correctly covered.

Electrical safety guidelines

Even though customers do not install or maintain equipment, these guidelines are provided to prevent possible injury when working with authorized service personnel in the area where equipment is installed. Observe the following electrical safety guidelines:

  • Disconnect all power before installation, deinstallation, or moving equipment.
  • Ensure that the voltage and frequency of your power source match the voltage and frequency required by the system.
  • All equipment should be properly grounded for proper operation and safety. To reduce the risk of electric shock or damage to equipment, follow proper grounding procedures.
Preventing electric shock
  • Before starting work, note where the emergency power-off switches are located, and be sure you know how to operate them.
  • Before starting work, be sure there are no potential electric hazards in the maintenance area such as insufficient grounding or a wet floor.


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