Believe it or not, it has almost been a year since OSHA released the Electric Generation, Transmission and Distribution standard revision. Electric utility members have spent a lot of time researching products and equipment, accessing their systems, and interpreting what the standard says. This has also been a challenge for IAMU to provide members with information about compliance with the revisions. The biggest challenge right now is the fact that this affects every utility whether you have utility employees or contract all work out.
Those of you that have a utility and take care of someone nearby will also have to pay attention to this. Contract work between utilities requires you to have this information and pass it on to your employees. If you are currently in this situation with a neighboring utility, please remind or inform them of this. Some entities are creating checklists or meeting with their contract customer to inform them of this requirement. This transfer of information has to be documented and agreed upon by both parties. Lack of employees at your site does not mean that employee safety is not an issue.
I will try my best to help those of you that are not aware of this need. Call or contact me by email and I can help you with understanding the revisions of the standard and how it affects your utility.