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NIOSH testimony on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed rule on electrical safety-related work practices by R. W. Niemeier, October 11, 1988.
NIOSH 1988 Oct; :1-3
This testimony summarized the concerns of NIOSH regarding the safety of electrical workers. NIOSH has developed a new policy based on analysis of the Fatal Accident Circumstances and Epidemiology (FACE) reports specifically relating to electrical hazards. The new policy states that tagging should not be allowed as a substitute for a lock where the disconnecting device is not within the immediate physical vicinity of the worker involved. OSHA should require the upgrading of equipment and circuits to lockout capability within a reasonable time frame. When lockout is not possible, tagout procedures are acceptable only when the employer can demonstrate that a tagout program, including training, adequate supervision, and controlled access to the energy isolating device is as safe as a lockout procedure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Niemeier-R-W; Safety-practices; Work-practices; Electrical-shock; Electrical-hazards
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, 3 pages
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