Rules Under Development

Electrical workers, safety standards for

Chapter 296-45, WAC

All updates for this rule:

Safety Standards for Electrical Workers (Chapter 296-45 WAC, Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to propose changes to Chapter 296-45 WAC, Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, in order to comply with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) eRules initiative. In addition, necessary corrections identified since the rule was adopted on May 3, 2016 are proposed. The eRules portion of this rulemaking will provide a format consistent with all the other DOSH rules, and allow ease of access using the DOSH website. Additional proposed amendments include: Correct an error relating to hard hats; Include a reference in the scope of this rule to Chapter 296-32 WAC; Include language in the scope of this chapter identifying a WAC that applies to line clearance tree trimmers to align with and be at least as effective as OSHA; Include language relating to doing work with voltages over 72.5 kilovolts to align with and be at least as effective as OSHA; and Additional housekeeping changes.800.

4/18/2019

Comments Due

4/11/2019

Public Hearing

4/9/2019

Public Hearing

3/5/2019

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

6/20/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Safety Standards for Electrical Workers (Chapter 296-45 WAC)

The purpose of adopting this rule is to update rules relating to Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; and Electrical Protective Equipment (29 CFRs 1910 and 1926). This rulemaking is in response to a Federal Register notice where the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published their final rule relating to the aforementioned. This was published on April 11, 2014 and effective July 11, 2014. Labor and Industries is required to update our rules to be at least as effective as OSHA. The department has a few provisions that may differ but is at least as effective as the OSHA rule. In addition, the rule changes incorporate the most recent national standards or best industry practices, include adoption of various 2014 ANSI standards, update internal references and make minor housekeeping changes throughout the chapters. The changes were adopted 5/3/2016 and became effective on 7/1/2016.719.

7/1/2016

Rule Changes Effective

5/3/2016

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)

2/17/2016

Comments Due

2/3/2016

Public Hearing

2/1/2016

Public Hearing

1/27/2016

Public Hearing

1/26/2016

Public Hearing

12/8/2015

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

12/2/2014

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Safety Standards for Electrical Workers - Rotorcraft/helicopter (Chapter 296-45 WAC)

The purpose of adopting this rule is to update and clarify safety requirements in Chapter 296-45 WAC, Safety Standards for Electrical Workers, that relate to electrical work being done with the assistance of helicopters. Some of the changes being adopted include: - Added language relating to certification requirements for helicopter service providers. - Amended language to expand the scope of personnel to all workers, and to specify that they must be qualified and trained to perform their assigned work tasks. - Added language to address the requirement of hazard analysis and job briefings. - Added language to address pilot fatigue. - Sling and rigging requirements were updated to be able to perform new practices allowed by the proposed rule. This rulemaking is in response to a request from the Electrical Utility Safety Advisory Committee (EUSAC), a work group comprised of about fifty business and labor representatives. The changes were adopted 5/3/2016 and became effective on 7/1/2016.678.

7/1/2016

Rule Changes Effective

5/3/2016

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)

2/17/2016

Comments Due

2/3/2016

Public Hearing

2/1/2016

Public Hearing

1/27/2016

Public Hearing

1/26/2016

Public Hearing

12/8/2015

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

3/5/2013

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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