A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

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CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 4, Subchapter 4, Article 29, Section 1716.1 (f)(1)

The Use of Barriers and Insulated Gloves

INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 2320.2. Energized Equipment or Systems.

Section 2320.2 outlines the required conditions under which work on exposed energized parts of equipment or systems can be performed and specifies that an authorized person shall be responsible for removing any temporary personnel protective equipment from the work area and reinstalling all permanent barriers and covers once the work performed on the exposed energized parts of equipment or systems is completed.

Subsection (a)(3)

Existing subsection (a)(3) requires that suitable insulated gloves be worn when working with voltages in excess of 300 volts, nominal. An amendment is proposed to delete the word "suitable" and require the use of "approved" insulated gloves. As defined in the LVESO, Section 2305.4, the term "approved" in part refers to products or materials that have been listed, labeled, or certified as conforming to applicable governmental or other nationally recognized standards. Insulating gloves are manufactured to meet the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for such gloves. The proposed amendment will have no effect upon the regulated public other than to ensure that the insulating gloves provide effective protection for the voltages involved.

An additional amendment is proposed for subsection (a)(3) to require that insulated gloves be worn when working with voltages in excess of "250 volts to ground" in lieu of the existing language which requires that the insulated gloves be worn for voltages in excess of "300 volts, nominal." The proposed amendment will ensure that work performed on light fixtures connected to 277 volt conductors derived from 480/277 volt systems will require the use of insulated gloves, due to the 480 volt phase to phase exposure hazard. The proposed amendment will have no effect upon the regulated public other than to ensure that appropriate insulated gloves are used when working on energized 480/277 volt equipment or systems.

New Subsection (a)(4)

An amendment is proposed to relocate the requirement for "suitable barriers" from existing subsection (a)(5) to proposed new subsection (a)(4). The new subsection will specify that either suitable barriers or approved insulating material shall be provided and used to prevent accidental contact with energized parts. The proposed amendment will have no effect upon the regulated public other than to ensure that suitable barriers or approved insulated material are used to prevent accidental contact with energized parts. As a consequence of the proposed new subsection, the remaining subsections are renumbered.

Subsection (a)(5)

Existing subsection (a)(5) states that where required, suitable barriers, barricades, tags, or signs are to be in place for personnel protection. The use of suitable barriers as a protective method from contacting energized conductors is proposed for relocation from existing subsection (a)(5) to proposed new subsection (a)(4). This proposed amendment will eliminate duplicate language and requirements with respect to the use of barriers and will therefore have no effect upon the regulated public.

An additional amendment is proposed for subsection (a)(5) to relocate the phrase "for personnel protection" from the end of the sentence to after the phrase "Where required" at the beginning of the sentence. The proposed amendment will provide clarity to this subsection and will have no effect upon the regulated public.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

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