• Publication Date:
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    Final Rule
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  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Electrical Standard; Approval of Information Collection Requirements
[Federal Register: July 23, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 140)][Rules and Regulations]               [Page 40073-40075]
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910

[Docket No. S-108C]
RIN 1218-AB95

Electrical Standard; Approval of Information Collection 

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Final rule; notice of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
approval of collection of information requirements.


SUMMARY: OSHA is announcing that the collection of information 
requirements contained in the Design Safety Standards for Electrical 
Systems of 29 CFR Part 1910.302 through 1910.308 and 1910.399, Subpart 
S, have been approved by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 
The OMB approval number is 1218-0256.

DATES: This final rule is effective August 13, 2007.

Standards and Guidance, Room N-3609, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-

    OSHA published a final rule for the Design Safety Standards for 
Electrical Systems (Electrical Standard) on February 14, 2007, after 
determining that electrical hazards pose a significant risk of injury 
or death to employees in the workplace. In addition, this revision of 
these requirements is reasonably necessary to provide protection from 
these hazards. The final rule becomes effective on August 13, 2007. As 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Register 
notice for the Electrical Standard final rule stated that compliance 
with the collection of information requirements was not required until 
those collection of information requirements have been approved by OMB, 
and the Department of Labor publishes a notice in the Federal Register 
announcing that OMB approved and assigned a control number to the 
Electrical Standard collection of information requirements. Under 5 CFR 
1320.5(b), an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of 
information unless: (1) The collection of information displays a 
current valid OMB control number; and (2) the agency informs members of 
the public who must respond to the collection of
information that they are not required to respond to the collection of 
information unless the agency displays a currently valid OMB control 
    On February 14, 2007, OSHA submitted the Electrical Standard 
information collection request for the final rule to OMB for approval 
in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3520). On May 22, 2007, OMB approved the collections of information 
contained in the final rule and assigned these collections OMB Control 
Number 1218-0256 titled ``Design Safety Standards for Electrical 
Systems (29 CFR 1910.302-308 and 1910.399.)'' The approval for these 
collections expires on May 31, 2010. The approved collections of 
information are:

A. Disconnecting Means and Circuits (Sec.  1910.303(f))

Section 1910.303(f)(5)(i)

    Where circuit breakers or fuses are applied in compliance with the 
series combination ratings marked on the equipment by the manufacturer, 
the equipment enclosures shall be legibly marked in the field to 
indicate that the equipment has been applied with a series combination 

Section 1910.303(f)(5)(ii)

    The marking required by paragraph (f)(5)(i) of this section shall 
be readily visible and shall state ``Caution--Series Combination System 
Rated----Amperes. Identified Replacement Component Required.''

B. Branch Circuits (Sec.  1910.304(b))

Section 1910.304(b)(1)

    Where more than one nominal voltage system exists in a building 
containing multiwire branch circuits, each ungrounded conductor of a 
multiwire branch circuit, where accessible, shall be identified by 
phase and system. The means of identification shall be permanently 
posted at each branch-circuit panelboard.

Section 1910.304(b)(3)(ii)(C)(1)

    (C) Where the ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection required 
by paragraph (b)(3)(ii)(B) of this section is not available for 
receptacles other than 125-volt, single-phase, 15-, 20-, and 30-ampere, 
the employer shall establish and implement an assured equipment 
grounding conductor program covering cord sets, receptacles that are 
not a part of the building or structure, and equipment connected by 
cord and plug that are available for use or used by employees on those 
receptacles. This program shall comply with the following requirements:
    (1) A written description of the [assured equipment grounding 
conductor (AEGC)] program, including the specific procedures adopted by 
the employer, shall be available at the jobsite for inspection and 
copying by the Assistant Secretary of Labor and any affected 

Section 1910.304(b)(3)(ii)(C)(6)

    Tests performed as required in paragraph (b)(3)(ii)(C) of this 
section shall be recorded. This test record shall identify each 
receptacle, cord set, and cord- and plug-connected equipment that 
passed the test and shall indicate the last date it was tested or the 
interval for which it was tested. This record shall be kept by means of 
logs, color coding, or other effective means and shall be maintained 
until replaced by a more current record. The record shall be made 
available on the jobsite for inspection by the Assistant Secretary and 
any affected employee.\1\

    \1\ Paragraph (b)(3)(ii)(C)(4) of the section specifies the 
testing requirements as follows: ``The following tests shall be 
performed on all cord sets and receptacles which are not a part of 
the permanent wiring of the building or structure, and cord- and 
plug-connected equipment required to be grounded: (i) All equipment 
grounding conductors shall be tested for continuity and shall be 
electrically continuous; (ii) [e]ach receptacle and attachment cap 
or plug shall be tested for correct attachment of the equipment 
grounding conductor. The equipment grounding conductor shall be 
connected to its proper terminal; and (iii) [a]ll required tests 
shall be performed before first use; before equipment is returned to 
service following any repairs; before equipment is used after any 
incident which can be reasonably suspected to have caused damage 
(for example, when a cord set is run over); and at intervals not to 
exceed 3 months, except that cord sets and receptacles which are 
fixed and not exposed to damage shall be tested at intervals not 
exceeding 6 months[.]

C. Identification and Signs (Sec.  1910.306(c))

Section 1910.306(c)(6)(i)

    Where there is more than one driving machine in a machine room, the 
disconnecting means shall be numbered to correspond to the identifying 
number of the driving machine that they control.

Section 1910.306(c)(6)(ii)

    The disconnecting means shall be provided with a sign to identify 
the location of the supply-side overcurrent protective device.

D. Carnivals, Circuses, Fairs, and Similar Events (Sec.  1910.306(k))

Section 1910.306(k)(4)(iv)(B)

    Single-pole separable connectors used in portable professional 
motion picture and television equipment may be interchangeable for ac 
or dc use or for different current ratings on the same premises only if 
they are listed for ac/dc use and marked to identify the system to 
which they are connected[.]

 E. Documentation (Sec.  1910.307(b))

    All areas designated as hazardous (classified) locations under the 
Class and Zone system and areas designated under the Class and Division 
system established after August 13, 2007 shall be properly documented. 
This documentation shall be available to those authorized to design, 
install, inspect, maintain, or operate electric equipment at the 

 F. Emergency Power Systems (Sec.  1910.308(b))

Section 1910.308(b)(3)(i)

    A sign shall be placed at the service entrance equipment indicating 
the type and location of on-site emergency power sources. However, a 
sign is not required for individual unit equipment.

Section 1910.308(b)(3)(ii)

    Where the grounded circuit conductor connected to the emergency 
source is connected to a grounding electrode conductor at a location 
remote from the emergency source, there shall be a sign at the 
grounding location that shall identify all emergency and normal sources 
connected at that location.

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1910

    Electric power, Fire prevention, Hazardous substances, Occupational 
safety and health, Safety.

Authority and Signature

    Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational 
Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The 
authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3506 et seq.), and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2007 (72 FR 

    Signed at Washington, DC on July 16, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Amendments to Standards

For the reasons stated in the preamble to this final rule, the 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration amends 29 CFR Part 1910, 
subpart A to read as follows:


Subpart A--[AMENDED]

1. Revise the authority citation for subpart A to read as follows:

    Authority: Sections 4, 6, and 8 of the Occupational Safety and 
Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, and 657); Secretary of 
Labor's Order No. 12-71 (36 FR 8754), 8-76 (41 FR 25059), 9-83 (48 
FR 35736), 1-90 (55 FR 9033), 6-96 (62 FR 111), 3-2000 (65 FR 
50017), 5-2002 (67 FR 65008), and S-2007 (72 FR 31159), as 

Sections 1910.7 and 1910.8 also issued under 29 CFR Part 1911. 
Section 1910.7(f) also issued under 31 U.S.C. 9701, 29 U.S.C. 9a, 5 
U.S.C. 553; Pub. L. 106-113 (113 Stat. 1501A-222); and OMB Circular 
A-25 (dated July 8, 1993) (58 FR 38142, July 15, 1993).

2. Amend Sec.  1910.8 by adding to the table contained therein the 
entry ``1910.302-.308'' in the proper numerical sequence as follows:

Sec.  1910.8  OMB Control numbers under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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                                                            OMB control
                     29 CFR citation                            No.

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1910.302-.308...........................................       1218-0256

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 [FR Doc. E7-14113 Filed 7-20-07; 8:45 am]