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Subchapter 21. Telecommunication Safety Orders
Article 1. Telecommunications
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§8600. Application.

(a) This article sets forth safety and health standards that apply to the work conditions, practices, means, methods, operations, installations and processes performed at telecommunications centers and at telecommunications field installations, which are located outdoors or in building spaces used for such field installations. "Center" work includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of communications equipment and other associated equipment in telecommunications switching centers. "Field" work includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of conductors and other equipment used for telecommunications service, and of their supporting or containing structures, overhead or underground, on public or private rights of way, including buildings or other structures.

(b) Operations or conditions not specifically covered by this Article are subject to all the applicable orders contained in the other Safety Orders, including but not limited to the following: General Industry, Construction and Electrical Safety Orders.

(c) The requirements of this article shall not apply to existing installations, provided they are in compliance with the Safety Orders which were in existence and applicable at the time of installation, and documentation is available to substantiate this.

(d) All work performed under the provisions of this article shall, unless otherwise specifically provided for, be performed under the direction of Qualified Telecommunications Workers or Qualified Electrical Workers trained in the operations involved.

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


1. New Subchapter 21 (Article 1, Sections 8600-8617) filed 11-14-75; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 75, No. 46).

2. Amendment of subsection (a) filed 7-6-79 as procedural and organizational; effective upon filing (Register 79, No. 27).

3. Amendment filed 3-30-82; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 82, No. 14).

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