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Host employer responsibilities regarding distribution of safety information

Host employer responsibilities regarding distribution of safety information

Did you know, before any work begins, that Host employers must inform Contract employers of know conditions that are related to the safety of the work to be performed, including environmental conditions to the extent they relate to electric lines and equipment?

For example, the Host employer must inform the Contract employer of known ground conditions that impact the stability of, or an employee’s ability to safely climb, a pole. In generating plants, the Host employer is required to inform Contract employers of the known presence of coal dust or fly ash to the extent the presence of those substances relate to electric lines or equipment.

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OSHA Deadline for posting 2016 job-related injuries and illnesses

OSHA Deadline for posting 2016 job-related injuries and illnesses

OSHA’s Quick Takes newsletter – January 18, 2017:

Employers are reminded to post injury and illness summaries now through April

OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016… https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/quicktakes/qt020117.html

 

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Final Extension of Enforcement Date for Determining Maximum Anticipated Per-unit Transient Overvoltages for the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Industry

Final Extension of Enforcement Date for Determining Maximum Anticipated Per-unit Transient Overvoltages for the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Industry

On September 12, 2016, the IEEE 516 Committee presented a paper entitled Practical Approaches to Reducing Transient Overvoltage Factors for Live Work. If the employer follows the recommendations in the paper, then the industry-accepted T values included in the IEEE 516-2009 standard may be used to calculate minimum approach distances for voltages over 72.5 kV.

From the EEI Memo:

Minimum Approach Distance Memo

January 10, 2017

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‘According to the December 22, 2016 memorandum issued by OSHA, the IEEE 516 paper “constitutes an engineering analysis of electric power systems operating at over 72.5 kilovolts.” As such, “employers can follow the guidance in the paper to comply with 29 CFR1910.269(l)(3)(ii) and 29 CFR 1926.960(c)(1)(ii).”

Employers have until July 1, 2017, to take one of the following steps: 1) implement the T values established in Tables R-9 and V-8, along with the corresponding minimum approach distances; or 2) establish that the conditions set out in the paper and summarized in OSHA’s memorandum are in place, and use the associated T values in Table A and the corresponding minimum approach distances in Table B.’

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The Table A values lead to the minimum approach distances set out in Table B to the memorandum.

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According to OSHA’s memorandum, “[e]mployers may use the minimum approach distances in Table B, provided the conditions listed in this memorandum apply and the employer follows the notes to the table.”

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OSHA Rule to Protect Workers from Respirable Silica Exposures

OSHA Rule to Protect Workers from Respirable Silica Exposures

DSG Silica Rulemaking -  Read the following article to learn more:  https://www.osha.gov/silica/index.html

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