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OSHA delays enforcement of new standard for electric power industry


June 25, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a temporary enforcement policy on the compliance date for most elements of its new construction and general industry standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution and electrical protective equipment. In a June 20 memo to its regional administrators, OSHA said would accept compliance with the previous version of the standards until Oct. 31, 2014. The original compliance date for most elements of the new standards was July 10, 2014.

The memo specifies that, beginning on July 10 and continuing through October 31, "no citations will be issued under 29 CFR 1910.269 or 1926, Subpart V to employers who are in compliance with the version of 29 CFR 1910.269 that was in effect on April 11, 2014, and no citations will be issued under 29 CFR 1910.137(b) or 29 CFR 1926.97(b)."

However, paragraphs (a) and (c) of 29 CFR 1910.137 and 29 CFR 1926.97 are not included in the temporary citation policy, and will become effective and enforceable on July 10. Paragraph (a) covers the design, manufacturing, testing, and other requirements for rubber goods such as blankets, gloves, sleeves, etc.; paragraph (c) covers in-service care and use of electrical protective equipment.

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