TITLE 8
LOW VOLTAGE SAFETY ORDERS
CHAPTER 4, SUBCHAPTER 5, ARTICLE 3, SECTIONS 2320.1 AND 2320.4
WORKING IN PROXIMITY TO ENERGIZED/DE-ENERGIZED EQUIPMENT OR SYSTEMS


Amend Section 2320.1 to read:

2320.1. General.

(a) Only qualified persons shall work on electrical equipment or systems.

(b) Only qualified persons shall be permitted to perform any function in proximity to energized overhead conductors unless means to prevent accidental contact has have been suitably guarded against provided in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 of these orders.

Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


Amend Section 2320.4 to read as follows:

2320.4. De-Energized Equipment or Systems.

(a) An authorized person shall be responsible for the following before working on de-energized electrical equipment or systems unless the equipment is physically removed from the wiring system:

(1) Notifying all involved personnel.

(2) Locking the disconnecting means in the "open" position with the use of lockable devices, such as padlocks, combination locks or disconnecting of the conductor(s) or other positive methods or procedures which will effectively prevent unexpected or inadvertent energizing of a designated circuit, equipment, or appliance.

Note: See also Section 3314 of the General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) for lock-out requirements pertaining to the cleaning, repairing, servicing and adjusting of prime movers, machinery and equipment.

Exception: Locking is not required under the following conditions:

1. Where suitable tagging procedures are used as specified in subsection (a)(3), and

2. Where the disconnecting means is accessible only to personnel instructed in these tagging procedures.

(3) Tagging the disconnecting means with suitable accident prevention tags conforming to the provisions of Section 2320.6 and GISO Section 3314(c).

(4) Effectively blocking the operation or dissipating the energy of all stored energy devices which present a hazard, such as capacitors or pneumatic, spring-loaded and like mechanisms.

Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.