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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AB67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Electric Power Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment

Abstract: Electrical hazards are a major cause of occupational death in the United States. The annual fatality rate for power line workers is about 50 deaths per 100,000 employees. The construction industry standard addressing the safety of these workers during the construction of electric power transmission and distribution lines is over 30 years old. OSHA has developed a revision of this standard that will prevent many of these fatalities, add flexibility to the standard, and update and streamline the standard. OSHA also intends to amend the corresponding standard for general industry so that requirements for work performed during the maintenance of electric power transmission and distribution installations are the same as those for similar work in construction. In addition, OSHA will be revising a few miscellaneous general industry requirements primarily affecting electric transmission and distribution work, including provisions on electrical protective equipment and foot protection. This rulemaking also addresses fall protection in aerial lifts for power generation, transmission and distribution work. OSHA published an NPRM on June 15, 2005. A public hearing was held March 6 to 14, 2006.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Economically Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage

Major: Yes Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.136; 29 CFR 1910.137; 29 CFR 1910.269; 29 CFR 1926 subpart V; 29 CFR 1926.97 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
SBREFA Report 06/30/2003  
NPRM 06/15/2005 70 FR 34821
Comment Period Extended to 01/11/2006 10/12/2005 70 FR 59290
Public Hearing to be held 03/06/2006 10/12/2005 70 FR 59290
NPRM Comment Period End 10/13/2005 70 FR 34821
Post-Hearing Comment Period End 07/14/2006  
Final Action 04/00/2008  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes Government Levels Affected: Local

Small Entities Affected: Businesses Federalism: No

Energy Effects: No Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0 Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0


Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
FAX: 202 693-1678
Email:dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

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