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OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements

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Don't forget OSHA's requirement for certain employers to post a copy of Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017, by April 30. The summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

OSHA has provided additional information on recordkeeping requirements at: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html

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Who says Safety Training can't be fun and interesting?

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Who says Safety Training can’t be fun and interesting? Check out these comments from SET Solutions’s latest Electric Power Comprehensive Safety Compliance Course:

  • “Really enjoyed the class and how the discussions between all the students and presenters went so well.” - Raymond
  • “Very well organized. Very good week!” - Phil
  • “I was expecting the class to be long and boring coming in. It was total opposite. I would recommend this course.” - David
  • “Great class! Good jump start to understanding OSHA utility specific info” - Crystal
  • “I feel like I can find things I need in OSHA 1910.269 and have a better understanding of what it means.” - Drayton
  • “It was a very enjoyable and informative class. The instructors did a great job getting and keeping everyone involved.” - Matthew

If you missed out, be sure to register for our next course in September: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vhcym8cab&oeidk=a07eejhqlj200b63a12

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30 Hour OSHA Course for Electric Utilities

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Check out what the participants at SET Solutions’s latest 30 Hour OSHA Course for Electric Utilities had to say about the program:

 

 

 

 

 

  • “Instructors were knowledgeable and related material to our company” – Jeff

  • “Interesting and very interactive” – Scott

  • “Great instructors” – Steve

  • “Lots of valuable information” – Shane

  • “A really great program” – Chadley

  • “Class was well presented” – Mike

 

 

For more information on SET Solutions’s training opportunities for your company, check out the website at: www.setsolutionsllc.com or give us a call at 803-407-4707.

 

 

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OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

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Enforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect on September 23. Check out the link below for the latest OSHA Memorandum outlining the 30-day Enforcement Plan.

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=31292

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OSHA Final Rule - Information Transfer

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 The OSHA Final Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment (29 CFR Parts 1910 and 1926) requires host employers to inform contract employers of the “characteristics of the host employer’s installation that are related to the safety of the work to be performed”. This required information must be transferred via a printed, hard copy report to the contract employer.  True or False?

False. OSHA does not specify how the required information is to be transferred. The transfer of information may be done by a telephone call, email or text message, as well as an orientation/training session or website. OSHA deems the method for transmitting information sufficient and appropriate as long as it effectively communicates the required information to the contract employer so that they, in turn, can comply with the appropriate standards and communicate this information to their employees. See the Final Rule 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(3) and 29 CFR 1926.50(c) for more information.

Check out more of our website for additional resources related to the OSHA Final Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment.

 

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Fall Protection Requirements

Fall Protection Requirements

When OSHA passed the new Walking and Working Surfaces Standard for the General Industry in 2016 they also updated the fall protection requirements in the Regulations Standard 1910 Subpart I. Due to the fact that Subpart I has been updated, OSHA also updated the fall protection requirements in the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard for the General Industry (Standard 1910.269).

 The new requirements now reference 1910 Subpart I rather than the previously referenced 1926 Subpart M. The requirements in the new Subpart I can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=1291.

 

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Understanding OSHA Electric Power Training Requirements

Understanding OSHA Electric Power Training Requirements

Are your employees performing work on or near electric power generation, transmission or distribution facilities? If so, whether they are performing electrical or nonelectrical work, electrical training is required. The training provided must ensure employees can identify electrical hazards and employ safe work methods to remove or control the hazards for their safety.

Covered Work
To simplify the application of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 and 1926 Subpart V, many companies use the term “covered work,” which includes work areas with electrical system hazards. For example, the construction of a power plant is the same as general building construction until the plant begins startup and commissioning. Once electrical systems are started, the job tasks become covered work due to the additional electrical system hazards.

Another example is the construction of a substation. Substation construction is similar to general building construction until the substation becomes energized or is being built in an area with transmission lines. Consider the difference between a substation built in an open field with no transmission lines and a substation built under transmission lines. Although each substation has hazards, the substation under the transmission lines has electrical hazards that would not be found in the substation built in an open field. The substation built under transmission lines is considered covered work due to the electrical system hazards.

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Electric Power Standards- What does OSHA consider reasonable estimates of available heat energy?

arc flashWhat does OSHA consider reasonable estimates of available heat energy? Understanding that the largest available amount of fault current does not necessarily translate into the highest levels of available heat energy is extremely important. Device clearing times plays an important factor when determining reasonable estimates. An electric power system could have system locations with small amounts of fault current and large clearing time which could equate to to large amounts of available heat energy. Many utilities are looking throughout their system to determine if locations are fully protected by adding Hot Line Tag devices which clear instantaneously, 3 cycles or less. This requires utilities to have a strict Hot Line Tag procedure in place to ensure all work performed on or near electric power lines and equipment has been placed in a Hot Line Tag position. Note the compliance date has been extended to April 1, 2015 for completion of estimates of available heat energy exposures faced by employees who are exposed to electric arc hazards. Appendix E located in 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR Subpart V outlines methodology to comply with the standards. For more information contact us at SET Solutions, LLC. 

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Electric Power Standards- Aerial Lift Fall Protection

bigstock Power Worker In A Lift Bucket 3103043Can a 6 foot shock absorbing lanyard be used while working from an aerial lift?  The answer requires an assessment to determine if the system will provide worker protection in the event of a fall. A 6 foot shock absorbing lanyard is a fall arrest system with clearance limitations that must be assessed. The system will tipically require between 16 to 20 feet of clearance before it fully engages which could allow a worker to sustain a serious injury from hitting a surface below. An employer has to determine if work is performed when an employee could be at distances to hit a structure or lower level, such as working on secondary, decorative street lights and many other work tasks. OSHA recommends that workers use the shortest lanyard practicable during ascent and descent and when working over structures to maximize worker protection.

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Electric Power Standards- Subcontractors Performing Nonelectrical Work in Restricted Areas


Electrical Power Plant 1200Does the Host Employer have any responsibility for subcontractors performing nonelectrical work inside restricted workareas. The answer is Yes! Host employers have the responsibility to develop and implement appropriate procedures to communicate required information effectively to subcontractors. The required information would include voltages, MAD distances, arc flash hazards and many others in the restricted workareas. 

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