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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AB77
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Employer Payment for Personal 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 1910.132; 29 CFR 1915.152; 29 CFR 1917.96; 29 CFR 1918.106; 29 CFR 1926.95

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657; 33 USC 941; 40 USC 333

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 03/30/1999 64 FR 15401
NPRM Comment Period End 06/14/1999 64 FR 15401
Informal Public Hearing End 08/13/1999  
Limited Reopening of Record 07/08/2004 69 FR 41221
Comment Period End 08/23/2004  
Final Action 11/00/2007  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State

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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