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Subchapter 21. Telecommunication Safety Orders
Article 1. Telecommunications
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§8609. Other Tools and Personal Protective Equipment.

(a) Tent Heaters. Flame-type heaters shall not be used within ground tents or on platforms within aerial tents unless:

(1) The tent covers are constructed of fire-resistant materials, and

(2) Adequate ventilation is provided to maintain safe oxygen levels and avoid harmful build-up of combustion products and combustible gases.

(b) Torches. Torches may be used on aerial splicing platforms or in buckets enclosed by tents provided the tent material is constructed of fire-resistant material and the torch is turned off when not in actual use. Aerial tents shall be adequately ventilated while the torch is in operation.

(c) Soldering Devices. Electrical soldering devices shall be grounded. Defective soldering devices shall be immediately removed from service.

Exception:1: Soldering devices used exclusively for work on live circuits. Such devices shall be tested for current leakage not less than each 3 months.

Exception: 2: Soldering devices supplied through an isolating transformer with an ungrounded secondary of not over 50 volts.

Exception: 3: Soldering devices protected by a system of double insulation, or its equivalent. Where such a system is employed, the equipment shall be distinctively marked.

(d) Lead Work. All lead work shall comply with Section 5198 of General Industry Safety Orders. The wiping of lead joints using melted solder, gas fueled torches, soldering irons or other appropriate heating devices, and the soldering of wires or other electrical connections do not constitute the welding, cutting and brazing described in Group 10 of the General Industry Safety Orders. When operated from commercial power the metal housing of electric solder pots shall be grounded. Electric solder pots may be used with the power equipment described in Section 2395.6 of the Electrical Safety Orders without a grounding conductor. The employer shall require that wiping gloves or cloths and eye protection are used in lead wiping operations. A drip pan to catch hot lead drippings shall also be provided and used.


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


1. Amendment of subsection (c) filed 12-1-77; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 77, No. 49).

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

3. Repealer of subsection (e) filed 11-3-87; operative 12-3-87 (Register 87, No. 45).

4. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (d) filed 2-16-2000 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2000, No. 7).

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