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| Standard Number:||1910.269|
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|MEMORANDUM FOR:||REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIONS|
|FROM:||JAMES W. STANLEY|
Deputy Assistant Secretary
|SUBJECT:||Guidelines for the Enforcement of the Apparel Standard, 29 CFR 1910.269(l)(6), of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard|
"Apparel. (i) When work is performed within reaching distance of exposed energized parts of equipment, the employer shall ensure that each employee removes or renders nonconductive all exposed conductive articles, such as key or watch chains, rings, or wrist watches or bands, unless such articles do not increase the hazards associated with contact with the energized parts.During inspections of electric power generation, transmission, arid distribution work sites, Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHO's) will request employers to demonstrate compliance with applicable performance-oriented requirements of paragraph 1910.269(l)(6). This request shall be made to determine whether an employer: has appropriate policies and guidelines on the selection, care, and use of apparel; informs employees of these policies and guidelines; and, ensures that these policies and guidelines are followed. With reference to these policies and guidelines, CSHO's shall determine what steps are taken by an employer to ensure that employees do not wear clothing that increases injury. CSHO's shall verify compliance by reviewing documentation, performing visual inspections, and interviewing employees.
(ii) The employer shall train each employee who is exposed to the hazards of flames or electric arcs in the hazards involved.
(iii) The employer shall ensure that each employee who is exposed to the hazards of flames or electric arcs does not wear clothing that, when exposed to flames or electric arcs, could increase the extent of injury that would be sustained by the employee.
NOTE: Clothing made from the following types of fabrics, either alone or in blends, is prohibited by this paragraph, unless the employer can demonstrate that the fabric has been treated to withstand the conditions that may be encountered or that the clothing is worn in such a manner as to eliminate the hazard involved: acetate, nylon, polyester, rayon."
Note: If a prohibited material is worn as one of multiple layers of clothing, hazards still may be present. If the layer of clothing made from a prohibited material is worn as the outside layer of clothing, there is a hazard that the fabric could ignite and burn the employee's face. Continued burning, likely, would burn other parts of the employee's body at some point. If a layer of clothing made from a prohibited material is worn as a middle or inside layer of clothing, and if enough heat passed through the outer layer(s), there is a hazard that the fabric also could ignite (assuming sufficient air flow). If a layer of clothing made from a prohibited material is worn as the inside layer of clothing, there is a hazard that the fabric could melt in contact with the employee's a skin thereby causing a burn injury. The employer must be able to demonstrate that a prohibited material worn by an employee does not cause the aforementioned hazards.
Note: An employer would be in a citable posture for violation of [1910.132] of the Subpart I Personal protective equipment standard when it is a generally accepted safe work practice of the industry to wear clothing which covers the arms, legs or other exposed surfaces of the body to protect an employee in a particular workplace application and the employee does not do so.[Corrected 11/22/2004.]
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