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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC08
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards

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: Other Significant

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

Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910; 29 CFR 1915; 29 CFR 1917 to 1918; 29 CFR 1926 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 11/24/2004 69 FR 68706
Direct Final Rule 11/24/2004 69 FR 68712
NPRM Comment Period End 12/27/2004 69 FR 68706
Withdraw Direct Final Rule 02/18/2005 70 FR 8290
Direct Final Rule Effective Date 02/22/2005  
Final Rule 09/13/2005 70 FR 53925
Final Rule Effective 11/14/2005  
NPRM 05/17/2007 72 FR 27771
NPRM Comment Period End 06/16/2007  
Notice of Informal Public Hearing to be Held--December 4, 2007 08/31/2007 72 FR 50302
Direct Final Rule 11/00/2007  
Public Hearing 12/00/2007  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

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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