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Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Industry
Visit the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard Page for information on the final rule.
This section highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), Federal Register notices (rules and proposed rules), directives (instruction to OSHA staff), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to the electric power generation, distribution, and transmission industry.
Frequently Cited Standards
OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. ForElectric Services, use NAICS code 221122 in the NAICS search box.
For more information about inspection statistics, see Statistics & Data.
Other Highlighted Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910 Subpart D, Walking-working surfaces
- 1910.24, Fixed industrial stairs
- 1910.25, Portable wood ladders
- 1910.26, Portable metal ladders
- 1910.27, Fixed ladders
- 1910.29, Manually propelled mobile ladder stands and scaffolds (towers)
- 1910.102, Acetylene
- 1910.104, Oxygen
- 1910.107, Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials
- 1910.110, Storage and handling of liquefied petroleum gases
- 1910.111, Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia [related topic page]
- 1910.120, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response [related topic page]
- Appendix A, Flow charts. Provides guidance for employers trying to implement the requirements of 1910.269 in combination with other General Industry Standards contained in Part 1910 [such as 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S (Electrical), 29 CFR 1910.146 (Permit Required Confined Spaces), and 29 CFR 1910.147 (Hazardous Energy, lockout/tagout)].
- Appendix B, Working on exposed or energized parts
- Appendix C, Protection from step and touch potentials
- Appendix D, Methods of inspecting and testing wood poles
- Appendix E, Reference documents
Preambles to Final Rules
Federal Register Notices
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment; Corrections. Correction 79:56955-56962, (September 24, 2014).
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment. Final Rules 79: 20315-20743, (April 11, 2014).
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment; Proposed Rule. Proposed Rules 70:34821-34980, (June 15, 2005).
- The Control of Hazardous Energy – Enforcement Policy and Inspection Procedures. CPL 02-00-147, (February 11, 2008).
- Enforcement of Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution. CPL 02-01-038 [CPL 2-1.38], (June 18, 2003). Provides information to assist OSHA compliance personnel in performing inspections at electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment, and other installations covered by 29 CFR 1910.269.
- Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices - Inspection Procedures and Interpretation Guidelines. STD 01-16-007 [STD 1-16.7], (July 1, 1991). Establishes policies and provides interpretive guidelines to ensure uniform enforcement of the standard for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices, 29 CFR 1910.331 through 29 CFR 1910.335.
Letters of Interpretation
Minimum Approach Distance
- Use of ANSI C2-1997 as guidance for protecting employees working near insulated shielded conductors. (September 26, 2002). Clarifies safe working clearances for unqualified persons who work near insulated shielded cables.
- Exceptions to minimum approach distances for power generation, transmission, and distribution. (February 10, 2000). Answers a question about minimum approach distance requirements of the Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard.
- Protection of workers operating mechanical equipment near overhead power lines. (December 7, 1999). Provides clarification regarding an unqualified crane operator contractor, who is being guided by a qualified journeyman electrician, working in close proximity to unguarded (7,620 to 500,000) voltage.
- Minimum approach distances. (February 26, 1996). Provides an interpretation of the application of the minimum approach distances in 29 CFR 1910.269 and in 29 CFR 1910.333 of the electrical standard as they apply to the service and maintenance of several 69 kilovolt (kV) air, disconnect switches.
- Two employees must be present during work on energized systems >600 volts. (August 27, 2001). Provides an interpretation related to a "Trouble worker" working alone while changing cutouts in non-emergency situations, and a review of the work practice, Distribution Work Procedure, Emergency/Trouble worker Changing Cutouts.
- CPR/first aid training and "working alone" provisions of 1910.269. (February 22, 1999). Provides an interpretation of when an employee must be accompanied by another employee.
- Application of personal protective grounds for employee protection. (December 6, 1999). Provides an interpretation of questions regarding the application of personal protective grounds, for the protection of employees, as required in the Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard.
- Installation and Placement of temporary protective grounds. (December 7, 1995).
- OSHA's requirements for locking type snaphooks on pole strap systems. (March 13, 1996). Provides an interpretation of fall protection requirements under29 CFR 1910.269.
- Fall Protection in the power distribution industry. (September 1, 1995).
- Enhanced risk of damage/degradation of insulation integrity on temporary wiring with prolonged use. (November 22, 2005).
- Stress cone work: worker protection and job briefings. (June 22, 1998).
- Clarification of the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standard. (June 23, 1997).
- An interpretation of the electrical power generation standard. (February 19, 1997). Provides a clarification on the requirements of paragraph 29 CFR 1910.269(d) hazardous energy control (lockout/tagout) procedures as they apply to electric power generating facilities.
- Electrical Workers. (August 6, 1996). Provides a clarification of which workers need specific training.
- Guidelines for the Enforcement of the Apparel Standard, 29 CFR 1910.269(l)(6). (August 10, 1995). When work is performed within reaching distance of exposed energized parts of equipment, the employee should remove all exposed conductive articles, such as key or watch chains, rings, or wrist watches or bands. Clothing made from acetate, nylon, polyester, or rayon, either alone or in blends, is prohibited unless the employer can demonstrate that the fabric has been treated to withstand the conditions that may be encountered.
- Permit space entry. (August 8, 1994).
OSHA Bulletins (SHIBs), (HIBs) and (TIBs)
- Hazards of Auger Drilling (PDF). Safety and Health Information Bulletin, (April 16, 2008).
- Condor Aerial Device Outrigger Failure - Time Manufacturing Company's Service Bulletin (PDF). Technical Information Bulletin, (August 12, 2002).
- Potential for Natural Gas and Coal Dust Explosions in Electrical Power Generating Facilities (PDF). Technical Information Bulletin, (November 6, 2000).
- Work Practices Employed by the Electric Utilities Industry Regarding Sulphur Hexaflouride Gas-Insulated Circuit Breakers. Hazard Information Bulletin, (January 30, 1989).