The Utility Industry and PPE Requirements

04/01/2009

As we discussed in an earlier NETA World article, every industry in the United States has been struggling to meet the requirements of NFPA 70E except the utility industry.

As part of that discussion, it was pointed out that the utility industry uses the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Standard C2, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and Occupation Safety and Health Association's (OSHA's) 29CFR1910, Subpart R (1910.269) for equivalent requirements with transmission, distribution, and generation facilities. This article, based on the referenced texts, summarizes personal protection equipment (PPE) requirements for performing energized electrical work in the utility environment.