The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published revisions to two standards found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that will affect how we conduct our work at AEP. The first change, 29 CFR 1910.269, addresses safety and health regulations for the maintenance portion of our work. The second, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart V, addresses regulations for construction related work. Working with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), we have proactively engaged OSHA to ensure there was a clear understanding of how these revisions would affect the industry. We are in the process of training employees who are affected by these revised regulations.
The revisions that have the greatest impact on AEP’s operations include: changes in minimum approach distances to energized lines and equipment, fall protection, arc flash analysis, and the information we need to share with contractors regarding the characteristics of the AEP electrical system. We are very committed to safety and health and provide our employees and contractors with tools, processes, procedures and other proactive measures to prevent harm. We are currently training employees to address the changes to the regulations in each of our business units.