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OSHA Final Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

Posted in on Fri, May 23, 2014

From OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs –

As part of our efforts to keep you informed of OSHA activities, we wanted to let you know that OSHA announced today (see press release below) that it will be issuing a final rule to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission, and distribution work. OSHA is revising the 40-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with the corresponding general industry standard and is also making some revisions to the construction and general industry requirements. The updated standards include new or revised provisions for host and contract employers to share safety-related information with each other and with employees, as well as for improved fall protection for employees working from aerial lifts and on overhead line structures. In addition, the standards adopt revised approach-distance requirements to better ensure that unprotected workers do not get dangerously close to energized lines and equipment. The final rule also adds new requirements to protect workers from electric arcs.

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