OSHA issued an interim policy that delays enforcement of most new requirements of the Electric Power Generation,
Transmission and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment final rule for employers that are complying with the existing general industry standard. The final rule—which took effect July 10 but won’t be enforced until Oct. 31—is more consistent with the general industry standard and revises the 40-yearold construction standard for electric power line work in order to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. In addition, the new standard for electrical protective equipment applies to all construction work and replaces the existing construction standard with a set of performance-oriented requirements consistent with the latest revisions of the relevant consensus standards.