Important Note: As of February 2015, compliance dates have changed for enforcement of OSHA standard 1910.269. These changes impact dates listed in this post. Click here for complete details and updated deadlines.
OSHA last issued rules for the construction of transmission and distribution installations in 1972. As you may now know, OSHA has determined that those provisions are out of date and inconsistent with the more recently promulgated general industry standard covering the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment. The Final Federal Rule was published to the national register on April 11, 2014 and incorporates changes with regard to FR clothing that have significant impact for employers. The revised standards will ensure that employers, when appropriate, must meet consistent requirements for work performed under the construction and general industry standards (1).
OSHA’s new ruling provides a great deal of information. To help provide insight, e-Hazard has put together a side-by-side comparison document of the new OSHA 1910.269 standard with the previous version. Changes and variations to the standard are illustrated with highlights. In its document, e-Hazard has addressed new/different information, slight variations in grammar, clarifications, updated citations and references, and amended language that has impacted meaning from the previous version. This tool helps companies understand how the new ruling will impact their employees and helps those impacted to stay current on the latest information.
The final rule becomes law and employers must provide a minimum of “non‐melting” FR clothing on July 10, 2014. OSHA has since issued a temporary enforcement delay stating it will not begin to issue citations against the new rule until October 31, 2014. Employers must complete the mandated hazard assessment by February 17, 2015 (OSHA’s original deadline of January 1, 2015 has been delayed and the agency has stated it will not enforce this deadline until the new date), and employees must wear the appropriate arc‐flash PPE matched to the hazard beginning April 1, 2015.
Please note the Disclaimer from e-Hazard that this document has been provided as a public service and is for informational purposes only.
As both a manufacturer and distributor of flame resistant and arc rated clothing, Tyndale seeks to help employers understand the final ruling’s impact and how to properly protect your employees. For additional information on the updated 1910.269 standard:
Or read Tyndale’s blog series which addresses important updates employers should be aware of:
References for this post were accessed April – June 2014: