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Electric Power Generation
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This topic covers OSHA’s regulations for the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, control, transformation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment (29 CFR 1910.269). This includes installations of electric utilities, as well as equivalent installations of industrial establishments.

Employees must be trained in the safety-related work practices, safety procedures, and other safety requirements that pertain to their respective job assignments. There are specific requirements for “qualified” employees. There are detailed requirements for operations near energized lines and equipment as well as requirements for medical services and first-aid, energy control procedures (lockout/tagout), fall protection, personal protective equipment, ladders, and hand and portable power tools. 

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Interpretations An interpretation of the electric power generation standard. 02/19/1997National
Interpretations Interpretation of the electic power generation, transmission and distribution (electric power generation) standard. 08/23/1996National
Directives 04/15/1994 - STP 2-1.172 - Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution 07/22/2003National
Directives 06/18/2003 - CPL 2-1.38 - Enforcement of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard (PDF) 06/18/2003National
Directives 10/31/2002 - Enforcement of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard 07/22/2003National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910 and 1926 - Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment 04/11/2014National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910 and 1926 - Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices; Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment; Corrections 10/05/2015National
Interpretations A qualified employee wearing a short sleeve shirt when working on or nearby energized electric power line or equipment and subject to potential exposure to an electric arc.[1910.269] 07/31/1995National
Interpretations Application of personal protective grounds for employee protection.[1910.269] 12/06/1999National
Interpretations Clarification concerning the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standard.[1910.147] 05/24/1995National
Interpretations Clarification of 1910.269 as applied to line-clearance tree-trimming operations. 04/26/1999National
Interpretations Clarification of electric power generators, transmission and distribution standard.[1910.269] 07/18/1994National
Interpretations Clarification of qualified employee requirements for the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standard.[1910.269; 1910.269(a)(2)(i); 1910.269(l)(1)(i); 1910.269(b)(1); 1910.269(a)(2)] 03/27/2003National
Interpretations Clarification of single and multiple crews for purposes of deenergizing lines.[1910.269(m)(3)(viii)] 06/09/2000National
Interpretations Clarification of system operator exclusive control provisions.[1910.269(d)(8)(ii); 1910.269(d)(8)(v); 1910.269(x)] 11/21/2000National
Interpretations Clarification of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard.[1910.269] 08/29/1995National
Interpretations Clarification of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard. 02/02/1995National
Interpretations Clarification of the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standard. 06/23/1997National
Interpretations Clarification of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard.[1910.269] 05/09/1995National
Interpretations Clarification of the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standard.[1910.269] 07/28/1995National
Interpretations Clarification of training requirements for supervisory and managerial personnel under 1910.269.[1910.269(a)(2)] 03/10/2000National
Interpretations Determination on whether the "Line Journeyman Changing out Trasformer" activities are within the intent of the OSHA standards.[1910.269] 03/05/1996National
Interpretations Enforcement of Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment.[1910.137] 03/07/1995National
Interpretations Exceptions to minimum approach distances for power generation, transmission and distribution.[1910.269(l)(2); 1910.269(l)(3)] 02/10/2000National
Interpretations Extended enforcement dates for minimum approach distances to electrical power lines[1910.269(l)(3)(i);1910.269(l)(3)(ii);1926.960(c)(1)(i);1926.960(c)(1)(ii)] 01/20/2016National
Interpretations Final Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution. 12/01/1994National
Interpretations Group LOTO and supervisor's accessibility to individual employee lock when employee is not available to remove lock. [1910.269; 1910.269(d)(7)(iv); 1910.269(d)(8); 1910.269(d)(8)(i); 1910.269(d)(8)(i)(A)] 07/19/2006National
Questions & Answers In the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution rule, are workers required to wear safety colors or a reflective vest when working on power lines next to a road? 01/21/2010National
Interpretations Interpretation of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard. 07/27/1995National
Interpretations Interpretation of the Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standard. 11/08/1994National
Questions & Answers Is the electrical power transmission and distribution industry required to follow NFPA-70E regulations? 02/11/2010National
Interpretations Minimum number of employees required for performing electric power work conducted from bucket trucks.[1910.269; 1910.269(l)(1)(i); 1910.269(l)(1)(ii); 1910.269(b)(1)(i)] 09/16/2003National
Interpretations Natural fabrics and synthetic materials that are acceptable under the electric power generation, transmission and distribution standard. 05/24/1994National
Guidance Documents OSHA eTool - Electric Power Generation: Illustrated Glossary  National
Interpretations Qualifications required under 1910.269 for entry into manholes/vaults to perform work on energized conductors [1910.146; 1910.269] 11/21/2006National
Interpretations Response to Edison Electric Institute's concerns regarding draft Instruction CPL 2-1.18A, 'Enforcement of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard' [1910.269; 1910.146; 1910.147] 06/13/2003National
Interpretations Response to Exelon Generation's concerns regarding draft Instruction CPL 2-1.18A, 'Enforcement of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard.'[1910.269; 1910.269(d); 1910.269(d)(8)(v); 1910.147] 06/13/2003National
Speaker's Notes Safety Standards for Electric Utilities Update: Meet New OSHA and NFPA 70E Requirements  National
Interpretations Selecting protective clothing based on the IEEE National Electrical Safety Code, C-2, 2012, Table 410-1 [1910.269(l)(8); 1910.269(l)(8)(ii); 1910.269(l)(8)(v); 1926.960(g)(2); 1926.960(g)(5)] 07/13/2015National
Guidance Documents Temporary citation policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b) and 1910.269; and 29 CFR 1926.97 and Subpart V  National
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