EEI and OSHA Reach Settlement on Final Rules Affecting Electric Utilities
After months of gathering information and forming the necessary arguments, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has reached a settlement agreement with OSHA resolving EEI's challenge to the final rules for electric power generation, transmission and distribution.
EEI worked with OSHA, the IBEW and member companies to develop compliance guidance addressing the most significant matters in the revised standards, which were issued by OSHA in April 2014.
The process has resulted in compliance guidance on 45 key issues. Among the issues addressed are minimum approach distances; electric arc protection/FR clothing; host employer/contractor communications; underground operations; and fall protection.
The settlement agreements officially go into effect February 17, and OSHA plans to post applicable documents on its website. In addition, EEI plans to publish a "Compliance Dashboard" to help members easily reference the relevant compliance guidance and deadlines for key issues.