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OSHA Issues Final Rule Revising Standards for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 

The two OSHA regulations covering safe work practices for the electric utility industry were just updated.  CFR29 1910.269 and 1926.960 have been in the revision process for many years and are now finally completed and distributed via federal mandate with timelines to be in compliance.  1910.269 covers the operation and maintenance part of the industry, while 1926.960 covers construction.

Who does this ruling apply to:

  • Power Distribution
  • Municipalities
  • Rural Electrical Co-ops
  • Power Generation
  • Electrical Contractors

What does this mean for your company:

  • Cotton or melting fabric is no longer allowed when exposed to arc flash conditions
  • Flame resistant or arc rated clothing is now required personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Employers are responsible for providing this equipment
  • Employers are responsible to assess the workplace for electric arc hazards and offer PPE accordingly
  • The employer is required to provide workers with arc rated clothing when the estimated incident energy exceeds 2 cal/cm2


  • December 31, 2014 is when the OSHA mandate is in effect (FR clothing is required where >600 V work occurs)
  • March 31, 2015 is when companies are required to have made their assessment of the reasonable estimate of incident energy exposure
  • August 31, 2015 is the date when companies need to have employees in compliance with the appropriate arc rated clothing/PPE. At this point, the PPE will need to be matched to the hazard based on the arc flash calculations.

G&K Services can help!

G&K has a full line of arc rated products to help you become compliant with OSHA 1910.269 and 1926.960.  From shirts, coveralls, pants or jeans, G&K can provide safety and image solutions based on your needs and your individualized work-site safety assessment. See G&K's arc rated clothing >