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Final Rule on Electrical Transmission & Distribution Protective Equipment Released

Jan 06, 2014

White House Regulatory Committee Releases Final Rule on ET&D Electrical Protective Equipment standard (RIN 1218-AB67)

On December 20, 2013, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released a statement that a final ruling on Electric Power Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment (RIN 1218-AB67), which would protect workers constructing and repairing high-voltage power lines, had been established and will soon be added to the federal registrar; a date for this has not yet been set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This ends the 18-month deliberation on the rule, which aims to revise portions of the general industry power transmission standard (29 C.F.R. 1910.269) and the construction standard for power transmission and distribution (29 C.F.R. 1926 Subpart V) relating to protective equipment.

Charles Kelly, the Edison Electrical Institute's director of safety and human resource issues said “We just hope that the review took into consideration the joint issues that industry and labor agreed upon and recommended to OSHA,” in a statement to Bloomberg BNA on December 23. 

NECA will continue to keep a close watch on this ruling and inform members of OSHA personal protective equipment (PPE) regulations and safety requirements as they become available.

Learn more about RIN 1218-AB67