The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an important update to the rules and guidelines dealing with electric power generation – changes that have been in the works for the past 9 years!
Originally slated for implementation in 2005, the rule changes impact aerial lift operations and also address fall protection policies. The changes bring the 40-year old rule up to date with general industry OSHA guidelines. Better fall protection rules are also a major part of the OSHA changes – both for regular and contract workers on aerial lifts and overhead
Enhancements to electrical protective equipment standards are projected to avoid about 120 serious injuries and 20 fatalities per year. The rule changes will also save construction and electrical companies, contractors and agents millions of dollars per year in safety and operating expenses.
Any worker involved with power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and related equipment operation & maintenance must follow the general industry standard, 29 CFR 1910.269. But for construction work on the same components (not operation & maintenance), the construction standard applies (29 CFR 1926, Subpart V).
Other crucial changes include:
•Qualified workers must have training to recognize and control or avoid electrical hazards at the worksite.
•Host and contract employers must share information on safety-related matters and must coordinate work rules and procedures.
•Employers must assess worksites to identify workers exposed to flame or electric arc hazards.
The changes are effective July 1, 2014. For more information, read the entire article here.
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