On Oct. 31, 2014, the temporary enforcement provision of the 2014 changes to the electrical standards will expire, and all of the new provisions of the standard will be citable.
These changes affect the wording and structure of the OSHA guidelines. Prior to these changes, OSHA could refer to the NFPA 70E standard and still cite companies under the General Duty Clause. These new changes allow for specific numerical citation within the standard. OSHA expects the updated standards to prevent at least an additional 118 workplace injuries and 20 fatalities annually, compared with the earlier standards. To read more and get the specific details, click here for the official OSHA fact sheet.
If you have any questions about these changes or any potential upcoming changes that have yet to be finalized (Silica Standard, Recordkeeping submission, etc.) please contact your Oswald representative.