Significant changes to OSHA regulations 1910.269 and Part 1926 Subpart V went into effect last month, and more are on the way.
29 CFR 1910.269, of course, is the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard. 29 CFR Part 1926 is the Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, and Subpart V covers construction related to Electric Power Transmission and Distribution.
OSHA has been in the process of revising both of these in order to update them AND make them more consistent with each other.
The one of more interest to utilities, of course, is 1910.269. The revised regulations, which (for the most part) took effect July 10, 2014, cover changes to General Training, Host Employers and Contractors, Fall Protection, Minimum Approach Distances and Insulation, Protection from Flames and Electric Arc Hazards, De-Energized T&D Lines and Equipment, Protective Grounding, Underground Electrical Installations, Electrical Protective Equipment, and Foot Protection.
However, some of the new provisions for Fall Protection, Minimum Approach Distances and Insulation, and Protection from Flames and Electric Arc Hazards do not take effect until April 1, 2015.
The details, of course, cover multiple pages. At this point, the most authoritative and comprehensive source to access the details on these changes can be found at https://www.osha.gov/dsg/power_generation/index.html. This page provides a bit of information on the changes, but, more importantly, has some important links, these being: Final Rule, News Release, FAQs, Fact Sheet, and Minimum Approach Distance Calculator.
The FAQ page provides additional details on: General Questions, Information-Transfer (Host-Contractor) Questions, Fall Protection Questions, Minimum Approach-Distance Questions, and Arc-Flash Protection Questions.
Another useful link is: https://www.dol.gov/find/20140401/2013-29579.pdf (which contains 1607 pages of "light reading").
For more information contact Phil Carroll, 417-682-5531.