Transmission and distribution: OSHA issues interim enforcement policy on electric power generation rule

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Utility safety: OSHA has implemented an interim enforcement policy for the new final rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment, which becomes effective on July 10, 2014.

A memorandum issued to OSHA’s regional offices explains the interim policy, which is in effect until October 31, 2014. The policy delays enforcement of most new requirements for employers who are complying with the existing General Industry rule. For further information, read the memorandum.

The final rule revises the 40-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. The new rule is more consistent with the corresponding general industry standard and makes some revisions to the construction and general industry requirements. In addition, the new standard for electrical protective equipment applies to all construction work and replaces the existing construction standard, which was based on out-of-date information, with a set of performance-oriented requirements consistent with the latest revisions of the relevant consensus standards.

Additional information on the final rule is available on OSHA’s Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard Web page.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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