OSHA delays enforcement on electrical rule

OMB story -- jan62013

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Washington – OSHA has delayed its enforcement of recently revised standards that pertain to electric power generation, transmission and distribution installations.

The new electrical safety requirements will take effect July 10, but OSHA has announced that it will not enforce compliance until Oct. 31. OSHA’s revised standards are intended to better protect people who work on or near electric power lines by bringing the agency’s construction standard for electric power line work more in line with the general industry standard.

OSHA’s updated standards also include new or revised requirements for fall protection, minimum approach distances, arc-flash protection, and electrical protective equipment for both construction and general industry.

According to OSHA, the rule is expected to prevent about 20 deaths and 118 injuries per year.