Work Hazards and Safety Practices in the Electric Power Industry

Workers in the electric power industry are potentially exposed to a variety of serious hazards, such as arc flashes (which include arc flash burn and blast hazards), electric shock, falls, and thermal burn hazards that can cause injury and death. This eTool seeks to inform employers of their obligations to develop the appropriate hazard prevention and control methodologies designed to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Employers are required to implement the safe work practices and worker training requirements of OSHA's Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard, 29 CFR 1910.269. The eTool also serves to empower workers engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to understand the steps their employers must implement in order to provide them with a safe and healthful work environment. Not all the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.269 are covered, however.

Click on the topics listed below for specific safety requirements and practices.

This section includes:

Also see the Scope for more information on this eTool and the 1910.269 standard.

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Power distribution: substation
Power transmission: transmission lines
Power generation: power plant