A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. 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
INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS

INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 2320.1 General
This section consists of subsections (a) and (b) which establish that only qualified persons are permitted to work on electrical equipment or systems. Subsection (b) specifies that only qualified persons can work in proximity to energized overhead conductors unless accidental contact has been suitably guarded against.

Revisions are proposed to amend subsection (b) to clarify that qualified persons will be permitted to work on such equipment/systems provided means to prevent accidental contact have been taken in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 of the LVESO.

The proposed revisions will have no new or added effect upon the employer, except to clearly indicate what means must be taken to prevent accidental contact with energized overhead conductors. The employee will need to refer to the regulatory requirements in Articles 3 and 4 to determine what he/she needs to do to be in compliance.

Section 2320.4 De-Energized Equipment or Systems
Subsection (a) consists of four subparagraphs which contain regulations addressing the designation of an authorized person to be responsible for the requirements; notification of personnel; lockout procedures except for when tagging procedures are used and where the disconnection means is accessible to the person performing the tagout; accident prevention tag specifications; and use of effective blackout/energy dissipation procedures.

A revision is proposed to add a clarifying, informative "Note" to Section 2320.4(a)(2), which informs the employee that he/she should refer to Section 3314 of the General Industry Safety Orders for additional lockout requirements pertaining to the cleaning, repairing, servicing and adjusting of prime movers, machinery and equipment. Further revisions are proposed to delete the ambiguous adjective "suitable" in Exception No. 1, and add a reference to the tagging procedures discussed in Section 2320.4 (a)(3) to GISO Section 3314(c) (tagout specifications).

The proposed revisions will clarify to the employee that the requirements contained in Section 3314 also addresses lockout of equipment, machinery, etc. which use electrical energy as a power source. The employee will need to refer to the GISO and Section 3314 to ensure that he/she complies with all of the applicable Title 8 requirements for the control of hazardous energy (i.e., lockout and tagout) when working in proximity to de-energized equipment/systems.