OSHA 1910.269 (Who, What & When)

lineman workingWho Is Affected? This affects anyone working in power generation, power transmission and power distribution. This also includes subcontractors, for example, line-clearance tree-trimmers.

What Gets Covered? In the past some utilities only offered FR shirts. The updated regulations by OSHA specifically stated "Full Body Protection", which means head to toe protection against arc flashes including arc rated shirts, arc rated pants and arc rated balaclavas.

Important Dates (Specific to Arc Rated Clothing):

Halloween 2014: "Despite OSHA 1910.269 being law, April of 2014 this is the first day OSHA will start to issue citations for not wearing arc rated clothing in compliance with the new OSHA 1910.269 standard."

New Year's Day 2015: Arc Flash Calculations need to be started by January 1, 2015.

April Fool's Day 2015: No later than this date Arc Flash clothing needs to be properly matched to the threat.

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