OSHA Releases Electrical Standard
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the general industry electrical installation standard found in Subpart S of 29 CFR Part 1910. The Agency has determined that electrical hazards in the workplace pose a significant risk of injury or death to employees and that the requirements in the revised standard, which draw heavily from the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces (NFPA 70E), and the National Electrical Code (NEC), are reasonably necessary to provide protection from these hazards.
This final rule focuses on safety in the design and installation of electric equipment in the workplace. This revision provides the first update of the installation requirements in the general industry electrical installation standard since 1981. OSHA is also replacing the reference to the 1971 NEC in the mandatory appendix to the general industry powered platform standard found in Subpart F of 29 CFR Part 1910 with a reference to OSHA’s electrical installation standard.