OSHA Announces New Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Regulation
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced a revision to the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard. OSHA’s goal was to make the construction standard (CFR 1910.Subpart V) more consistent with the general industry standard (CFR 1910.269).
The final rule for general industry and construction includes new or revised provisions on host employers and contractors, training, job briefings, fall protection, insulation, and working position of employees working on or near live parts. It also incorporates changes to minimum approach distances, protection from electric arcs, de-energizing transmission and distribution lines and equipment, protective grounding, operating mechanical equipment near overhead power lines, and working in manholes and vaults.
OSHA's rule also revises the general industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment and footwear.
The final rule becomes effective 90 days after the date published in the Federal Register (expected April 11, 2014). Certain provisions will have compliance deadlines after that date.
Read the final rule here.