And that building manager is just grasping on something that sounds official enough to make it sound possible.
What he is really doing is covering his butt so that if someone gets hurt it isn't because of a cord that probably should not be there for safety reasons.
But I can understand his concern. So, instead of fighting him on this, just get the Ethernet over Powerline adapters. They are relatively cheap, I usually see a set (you need a total of two units) for about $50 when on sale.
They will put a very nice Ethernet signal riding on the AC wiring of the house. It is very high speed, (at least 11Mbps, on up to over 100Mbps) and it can be very secure. There is no set up. Just plug one at the router where you have one Ethernet cable plugging into it and it puts the Ethernet signal on your AC. One other identical unit at the 2nd location with another Ethernet cable plugged between the 2nd Powerline adapter to the computer.
I'm living in an old but well maintained house that's been made into apartments. My room, in addition to having a door to the hallway, has a door to my neighbors room. We are on good terms, and have a router set up with his internet so I can also use it. I prefer to use an ethernet cable for the reliable signal (compared to wireless adapters which I've had lots of problems with), so we have one going under the door from the router in his room to the computer in my room. There is only one cable, it's 25 feet long and rests along the floor around the edge of the room.
The building manager found out about this and said something that blew my mind. "You can't have cords going from room to room, it's against OSHA regulations." This set off all the warning lights on my ******** sensors. This guy has a history of making up ridiculous, illogical, asinine things. But I thought to myself "Could it be true?"
So I started looking at the OSHA website, and have found nothing about ethernet cables, or cords going between separate rooms. It doesn't even seem to cover residences, it seems OSHA is focused on workplaces.
Can anyone shed some light on this? I really don't think ethernet cables are the least bit dangerous. It's buried under the rug, not a trip hazard. Don't think it can cause a fire... I've never heard anything about the subject of dangerous or problematic ethernet cables. I searched the OSHA site, building codes, ect and found nothing.
BS? True? Any way I can prove it's a safe setup?