January 21, 2015
Oregon OSHA is delaying adoption of its proposed changes to the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standards in General Industry and Construction. The proposal was in response to federal OSHA’s adoption of revised Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standards in general industry [29 CFR part 1910.269] and construction [29 CFR part 1926 subpart V] in April 2014.
Oregon OSHA started its proposed rule making by involving numerous industry stakeholders who contributed substantial time and valuable input to the process. Oregon OSHA held three public hearings and closed the comment period Dec. 12, 2014. In order to give the comments and related issues due consideration and to consider ways in which the rule format itself might be made clearer, Oregon OSHA is delaying delay a final decision on the proposed changes for as much as six months.
In the interim, employers must comply with existing Oregon OSHA’s Division 2, subdivision R rules in general industry and the Division 3, subdivision V construction requirements.
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