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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
Trade News Release
October 12, 2005
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Public Hearing Rescheduled for March 6, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is extending the written comment period by 90 days on updating the standard for the construction of electric power transmission and distribution installations to make it consistent with the revised general industry standard. The extension is published in today's Federal Register.
The notice extends the period for written comments on the proposed rule to Jan. 11, 2006. OSHA extended the comment period to grant interested parties more time for a thorough review and response to the proposal. Additionally, the informal hearing originally scheduled for Dec. 6, 2005, will now be held on March 6, 2006; the extension reopens the period for interested parties to file notices of intent to appear at that hearing.
The proposed standard includes requirements relating to enclosed spaces, working near energized parts, grounding for employee protection, work on underground and overhead installations, work in substations, and other special conditions and equipment unique to the transmission and distribution of electrical energy.
People wishing to comment should submit written comments, postmarked no later than Jan. 11, 2006, to: OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. S-215, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room N-2625, Washington, D.C. 20210. Comments may also be faxed to (202) 693-1648, or submitted online via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, or OSHA's Web site at http://dockets.osha.gov. All comments and submissions will be available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above address, and posted on OSHA's Web site.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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