TITLE 8:
LOW VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL SAFETY ORDERS
CHAPTER 4, SUBCHAPTER 5, ARTICLE 3, SECTION 2320.8
AND
HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL SAFETY ORDERS
CHAPTER 4, SUBCHAPTER 5, ARTICLE 36, SECTION 2940.6

 
FALL PROTECTION AND APPAREL FOR ELECTRICAL WORKERS


Amend Section 2320.8 to read:

  2320.8 Energized Overhead Conductors. Fall Protection.

(a) Fall Protection. When work is performed at elevated locations more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) above the ground on poles, towers or similar structures, the employer shall require the employees to use either fall arrest equipment, work positioning equipment, or travel restricting equipment, if other fall protection methods have not been provided (e.g. guardrails, safety nets, etc.) The use of body belts for fall arrest systems is prohibited.

EXCEPTION: Point to point travel by a qualified person, unless conditions such as ice, high winds, design of the structure, or other condition (e.g. chemical contaminants) prevents the employee from gaining a firm hand or foothold while traveling.

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

 Amend Section 2940.6 to read as follows:

2940.6 Tools and Protective Equipment.

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(b) Personal Climbing Equipment.

(1) Employers shall require the use of body belts with straps or lanyards by employees working at elevated locations on poles, towers, or other structures except where other safeguards are used to prevent employees from falling. Fall Protection. When work is performed at elevated locations more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) above the ground on poles, towers or similar structures, the employer shall require the employees to use either fall arrest equipment, work positioning equipment, or travel restricting equipment, if other fall protection methods have not been provided (e.g. guardrails, safety nets, etc.). The use of body belts for fall arrest systems is prohibited.

EXCEPTION: Point to point travel by a qualified person, unless conditions such as ice, high winds, design of the structure, or other condition (e.g. chemical contaminants) prevents the employee from gaining a firm hand or foothold while traveling.

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(j) Apparel. The employer shall ensure that each employee who is exposed to the hazards of flames or electric arcs does not wear outer clothing that, when exposed to flames or electric arcs, could increase the extent of injury that would be sustained by the employee. This subsection prohibits clothing made from the following types of fabrics, either alone or in blends, unless the employer can demonstrate that the fabric has been treated with flame retardant: acetate, nylon, polyester, and rayon.

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

 California proposes to amend the Electrical Safety Orders to address fall protection for electrical workers and clarify that the use of a body belt with A fall arrest system is prohibited. California also proposes to amend  Electrical Safety Orders to specifically require employers to provide clothing, which will not increase the extent of employee injury in the event of an arc, flash or burn. The proposed language prohibits synthetic garments from being used. 

Low Voltage Electrical Safety Orders

High Voltage Electrical Safety Orders

See rationale page 1.

 1910.269(l)(6)(iii)

1910.269(g)(2)(i)