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1910.268(a) Application
1910.268(a)(1)
This section sets forth safety and health standards that apply to the work conditions, practices, means, methods, operations, installations and processes performed at telecommunications centers and at telecommunications field installations, which are located outdoors or in building spaces used for such field installations. Center work includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of communications equipment and other associated equipment in telecommunications switching centers. Field work includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of conductors and other equipment used for signal or communication service, and of their supporting or containing structures, overhead or underground, on public or private rights of way, including buildings or other structures.
1910.268(a)(2)
These standards do not apply:
1910.268(a)(2)(i)
To construction work, as defined in §1910.12, nor
1910.268(a)(2)(ii)
to installations under the exclusive control of electric utilities used for the purpose of communications or metering, or for generation, control, transformation, transmission, and distribution of electric energy, which are located in buildings used exclusively by the electric utilities for such purposes, or located outdoors on property owned or leased by the electric utilities or on public highways, streets, roads, etc., or outdoors by established rights on private property.
1910.268(a)(3)
Operations or conditions not specifically covered by this section are subject to all the applicable standards contained in this part 1910. See §1910.5(c). Operations which involve construction work, as defined in §1910.12 are subject to all the applicable standards contained in part 1926 of this chapter.
1910.268(b) General
1910.268(b)(1) Buildings Containing Telecommunications Centers
1910.268(b)(1)(i) Illumination
Lighting in telecommunication centers shall be provided in an adequate amount such that continuing work operations, routine observations, and the passage of employees can be carried out in a safe and healthful manner. Certain specific tasks in centers, such as splicing cable and the maintenance and repair of equipment frame lineups, may require a higher level of illumination. In such cases, the employer shall install permanent lighting or portable supplemental lighting to attain a higher level of illumination shall be provided as needed to permit safe performance of the required task.
1910.268(b)(1)(iii) Working Spaces
Maintenance aisles, or wiring aisles, between equipment frame lineups are working spaces and are not an exit route for purposes of 29 CFR 1910.34.
1910.268(b)(1)(iv) Special Doors
When blastproof or power actuated doors are installed in specially designed hardsite security buildings and spaces, they shall be designed and installed so that they can be used as a means of egress in emergencies.
1910.268(b)(1)(v) Equipment, Machinery and Machine Guarding
When power plant machinery in telecommunications centers is operated with commutators and couplings uncovered, the adjacent housing shall be clearly marked to alert personnel to the rotating machinery.
1910.268(b)(1)(ii) Working Surfaces
Guard rails and toe boards may be omitted on distribution frame mezzanine platforms to permit access to equipment. This exemption applies only on the side or sides of the platform facing the frames and only on those portions of the platform adjacent to equipped frames.
1910.268(b)(2) Battery Handling
1910.268(b)(2)(i)
Eye protection devices which provide side as well as frontal eye protection for employees shall be provided when measuring storage battery specific gravity or handling electrolyte, and the employer shall ensure that such devices are used by the employees. The employer shall also ensure that acid resistant gloves and aprons shall be worn for protection against spattering. Facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided unless the storage batteries are of the enclosed type and equipped with explosion proof vents, in which case sealed water rinse or neutralizing packs may be substituted for the quick drenching or flushing facilities. Employees assigned to work with storage batteries shall be instructed in emergency procedures such as dealing with accidental acid spills.
1910.268(b)(2)(iii)
When taking specific gravity readings, the open end of the hydrometer shall be covered with an acid resistant material while moving it from cell to cell to avoid splashing or throwing the electrolyte.
1910.268(b)(2)(ii)
Electrolyte (acid or base, and distilled water) for battery cells shall be mixed in a well ventilated room. Acid or base shall be poured gradually, while stirring, into the water. Water shall never be poured into concentrated (greater than 75 percent) acid solutions. Electrolyte shall never be placed in metal containers nor stirred with metal objects.
1910.268(b)(3)
Employers must provide employees with readily accessible, adequate, and appropriate first aid supplies. A non-mandatory example of appropriate supplies is listed in appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.151.
1910.268(b)(4) Hazardous Materials
Highway mobile vehicles and trailers stored in garages in accordance with §1910.110 may be equipped to carry more than one LP-gas container, but the total capacity of LP-gas containers per work vehicle stored in garages shall not exceed 100 pounds of LP-gas. All container valves shall be closed when not in use.
1910.268(b)(5) Compressed Gas
When using or transporting nitrogen cylinders in a horizontal position, special compartments, racks, or adequate blocking shall be provided to prevent cylinder movement. Regulators shall be removed or guarded before a cylinder is transported.
1910.268(b)(6) Support Structures
No employee, or any material or equipment, may be supported or permitted to be supported on any portion of a pole structure, platform, ladder, walkway or other elevated structure or aerial device unless the employer ensures that the support structure is first inspected by a competent person and it is determined to be adequately strong, in good working condition and properly secured in place.
1910.268(b)(7) Approach Distances to Exposed Energized Overhead Power Lines and Parts
The employer shall ensure that no employee approaches or takes any conductive object closer to any electrically energized overhead power lines and parts than prescribed in Table R-2, unless:

Table R-2—Approach Distances to Exposed Energized Overhead Power Lines and Parts
Voltage range (phase to phase, RMS) Approach distance (inches)
300 V and less (1)
Over 300V, not over 750V 12
Over 750V not over 2 kV 18
Over 2 kV, not over 15 kV 24
Over 15 kV, not over 37 kV 36
Over 37 kV, not over 87.5 kV 42
Over 87.5 kV, not over 121 kV 48
Over 121 kV, not over 140 kV 54

1 Avoid contact.
1910.268(b)(7)(i)
The employee is insulated or guarded from the energized parts (insulating gloves rated for the voltage involved shall be considered adequate insulation), or
1910.268(b)(7)(iii)
The power conductors and equipment are deenergized and grounded.
1910.268(b)(7)(ii)
The energized parts are insulated or guarded from the employee and any other conductive object at a different potential, or
1910.268(b)(8) Illumination of Field Work
Whenever natural light is insufficient to adequately illuminate the worksite, artificial illumination shall be provided to enable the employee to perform the work safely.
1910.268(c) Training
Employers shall provide training in the various precautions and safe practices described in this section and shall insure that employees do not engage in the activities to which this section applies until such employees have received proper training in the various precautions and safe practices required by this section. However, where the employer can demonstrate that an employee is already trained in the precautions and safe practices required by this section prior to his employment, training need not be provided to that employee in accordance with this section. Where training is required, it shall consist of on-the-job training or classroom-type training or a combination of both. The employer shall certify that employees have been trained by preparing a certification record which includes the identity of the person trained, the signature of the employer or the person who conducted the training, and the date the training was completed. The certification record shall be prepared at the completion of training and shall be maintained on file for the duration of the employee's employment. The certification record shall be made available upon request to the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. Such training shall, where appropriate, include the following subjects:
1910.268(c)(1)
Recognition and avoidance of dangers relating to encounters with harmful substances and animal, insect, or plant life;
1910.268(c)(2)
Procedures to be followed in emergency situations; and,
1910.268(c)(3)
First aid training, including instruction in artificial respiration.
1910.268(d) Employee Protection in Public Work Areas
1910.268(d)(1)
Before work is begun in the vicinity of vehicular or pedestrian traffic which may endanger employees, warning signs and/or flags or other traffic control devices shall be placed conspicuously to alert and channel approaching traffic. Where further protection is needed, barriers shall be utilized. At night, warning lights shall be prominently displayed, and excavated areas shall be enclosed with protective barricades.
1910.268(d)(2)
If work exposes energized or moving parts that are normally protected, danger signs shall be displayed and barricades erected, as necessary, to warn other personnel in the area.
1910.268(d)(3)
The employer shall insure that an employee finding any crossed or fallen wires which create or may create a hazardous situation at the work area: (i) Remains on guard or adopts other adequate means to warn other employees of the danger and (ii) has the proper authority notified at the earliest practical moment.
1910.268(d)(3)(i)
Remains on guard or adopts other adequate means to warn other employees of the danger and
1910.268(d)(3)(ii)
has the proper authority notified at the earliest practical moment.
1910.268(e) Tools and Personal Protective Equipment—Generally
Personal protective equipment, protective devices and special tools needed for the work of employees shall be provided and the employer shall ensure that they are used by employees. Before each day's use the employer shall ensure that these personal protective devices, tools, and equipment are carefully inspected by a competent person to ascertain that they are in good condition.
1910.268(f) Rubber Insulating Equipment
1910.268(f)(1)
Rubber insulating equipment designed for the voltage levels to be encountered shall be provided and the employer shall ensure that they are used by employees as required by this section. The requirements of §1910.137, Electrical Protective Equipment, shall be followed except for Table I-6.
1910.268(f)(2)
The employer is responsible for the periodic retesting of all insulating gloves, blankets, and other rubber insulating equipment. This retesting shall be electrical, visual and mechanical. The following maximum retesting intervals shall apply:


Gloves, blankets, and other insulating equipment Natural rubber Synthetic rubber
Months
New 12 18
Re-issued 9 15
1910.268(f)(3)
Gloves and blankets shall be marked to indicate compliance with the retest schedule, and shall be marked with the date the next test is due. Gloves found to be defective in the field or by the tests set forth in paragraph (f)(2) of this section shall be destroyed by cutting them open from the finger to the gauntlet.
1910.268(g) Personal Climbing Equipment
1910.268(g)(1) General
A positioning system or a personal fall arrest system shall be provided and the employer shall ensure their use when work is performed at positions more than 4 feet (1.2 m) above the ground, on poles, and on towers, except as provided in paragraphs (n)(7) and (8) of this section. These systems shall meet the applicable requirements in subpart I of this part. The employer shall ensure that all climbing equipment is inspected before each day's use to determine that it is in safe working condition.
1910.268(g)(2) Pole Climbers
1910.268(g)(2)(i)
Pole climbers may not be used if the gaffs are less than 1 1/4 inches in length as measured on the underside of the gaff. The gaffs of pole climbers shall be covered with safety caps when not being used for their intended use.
1910.268(g)(2)(iii)
Pole climbers shall be inspected as required in this paragraph (g)(3) before each day's use and a gaff cut-out test performed at least weekly when in use.
1910.268(g)(2)(iv)
Pole climbers may not be worn when:
1910.268(g)(2)(iv)(A)
Working in trees (specifically designed tree climbers shall be used for tree climbing),
1910.268(g)(2)(iv)(B)
Working on ladders,
1910.268(g)(2)(iv)(C)
Working in an aerial lift,
1910.268(g)(2)(iv)(D)
Driving a vehicle, nor
1910.268(g)(2)(iv)(E)
Walking on rocky, hard, frozen, brushy or hilly terrain.
1910.268(g)(2)(ii)
The employer shall ensure that pole climbers are inspected by a competent person for the following conditions: Fractured or cracked gaffs or leg irons, loose or dull gaffs, broken straps or buckles. If any of these conditions exist, the defect shall be corrected before the climbers are used.
1910.268(h) Ladders
Ladders, step bolts, and manhole steps shall meet the applicable requirements in subpart D of this part.
1910.268(i) Other Tools and Personal Protective Equipment
1910.268(i)(1) Head Protection
Head protection meeting the requirements of ANSI Z89.2-1971, "Safety Requirements for Industrial Protective Helmets for Electrical Workers, Class B" shall be provided whenever there is exposure to possible high voltage electrical contact, and the employer shall ensure that the head protection is used by employees. ANSI Z89.2-1971 is incorporated by reference as specified in §1910.6.
1910.268(i)(2) Eye Protection
Eye protection meeting the requirements of §1910.133 (a)(2) thru (a)(6) shall be provided and the employer shall ensure its use by employees where foreign objects may enter the eyes due to work operations such as but not limited to:
1910.268(i)(2)(i)
Drilling or chipping stone, brick or masonry, breaking concrete or pavement, etc. by hand tools (sledgehammer, etc.) or power tools such as pneumatic drills or hammers;
1910.268(i)(2)(iii)
Cutting or chipping terra cotta ducts, tile, etc.;
1910.268(i)(2)(iv)
Working under motor vehicles requiring hammering;
1910.268(i)(2)(ix)
Handling battery cells and solutions, such as taking battery readings with a hydrometer and thermometer;
1910.268(i)(2)(v)
Cleaning operations using compressed air, steam, or sand blast;
1910.268(i)(2)(vi)
Acetylene welding or similar operations where sparks are thrown off;
1910.268(i)(2)(vii)
Using powder actuated stud drivers;
1910.268(i)(2)(viii)
Tree pruning or cutting underbrush;
1910.268(i)(2)(x)
Removing or rearranging strand or open wire; and
1910.268(i)(2)(xi)
Performing lead sleeve wiping and while soldering.
1910.268(i)(2)(ii)
Working on or around high speed emery or other grinding wheels unprotected by guards;
1910.268(i)(3) Tent Heaters
Flame-type heaters may not be used within ground tents or on platforms within aerial tents unless:
1910.268(i)(3)(i)
The tent covers are constructed of fire resistant materials, and
1910.268(i)(3)(ii)
Adequate ventilation is provided to maintain safe oxygen levels and avoid harmful buildup of combustion products and combustible gases.
1910.268(i)(4) Torches
Torches may be used on aerial splicing platforms or in buckets enclosed by tents provided the tent material is constructed of fire resistant material and the torch is turned off when not in actual use. Aerial tents shall be adequately ventilated while the torch is in operation.
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