VII. Effective Date
In developing the Final Rule, OSHA has considered whether a delayed
effective date is necessary for any of the provisions of the standard.
Employers will need adequate time to integrate their procedures for complying
with the lockout and tagging provisions in this standard into the procedures
used under the generic lockout standard, 1910.147, published on September 1,
1989 (54 FR 36644), and under the lockout requirements of the electrical
safety-related work practices standard, published on August 6, 1990 (55 FR
31984). The work practices developed under final 1910.269 will also have to
be blended into the work practices required by the Subpart S standard. A
period of 120 days should be adequate for this purpose, since most of the
requirements in the Final Rule do not require extensive retrofitting or major
modifications of existing equipment. The recently published electrical
safety-related work practices and generic lockout standards, which are
similar types of standards, also gave employers 120 days delay in effective
date. Lastly, this amount of time should be adequate for employers to ensure
that their work practices conform to the requirements of the new standard.
However, OSHA received evidence during the Subpart S rulemaking that it
could take some electric utility employers a year or more to incorporate the
training required by that standard into their existing training programs. The
preamble to the final electrical safety-related work practices standard cited
the testimony of Mr. Lamont Turner, who stated, on behalf of Edison Electric
Institute, that it took his company 15 months to restructure their training
program in order to meet regulations on hazardous waste (55 FR 32013-32014).
This standard provided a 1-year's delay in effective date for its training
requirements, and OSHA found this delay to be appropriate. Therefore, OSHA is
similarly making the requirements on training contained in 1910.269(a)(2)
effective one year from the date of publication of the standard.
[59 FR 4320, Jan. 31, 1994; 59 FR 33658, June 30, 1994]