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Occupational Safety and Health Administration


RIN: 1218-AB67

Publication ID: Fall 2010

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 35 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 work on power generation, transmission, and distribution installations. OSHA published an NPRM on June 15, 2005. A public hearing was held from March 6 through March 14 in 2006. OSHA reopened the record to gather additional information on minimum approach distances for specific ranges of voltages. The record was reopened a second time to allow more time for comment and to gather information on minimum approach distances for all voltages and on the newly revised Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers consensus standard. Additionally, a public hearing was held on October 28, 2009. The posthearing comment period ended in February 2010. OSHA anticipates publishing a final rule in May 2011.

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 to 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




FR Cite






70 FR 34821

NPRM Comment Period End



Comment Period Extended to 01/11/2006


70 FR 59290

Public Hearing To Be Held 03/06/2006


70 FR 59290

Posthearing Comment Period End



Reopen Record


73 FR 62942

Comment Period End



Close Record



Second Reopening Record


74 FR 46958

Comment Period End



Public Hearings



Posthearing Comment Period End



Final Rule



Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Government Levels Affected: Local

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes

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 N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678