Last Update: 10/2/17

Chapter 296-32 WAC

SAFETY STANDARDS FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS

WAC Sections

Foreword.
Scope and application.
Definitions.
PART AGENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Note:
This part is intended to convey the areas of responsibility for employers when working on telecommunications facilities or locations of any type.
Incorporation of standards of national organizations.
Safe place standard.
Host employer/contractor responsibilities.
Accident prevention program and safety meetings.
First aid.
Remote communication sites.
Training.
Employee protection in public work areas.
Facilities requirements.
Tools and personal protective equipmentGeneral.
Capstan and cathead hoists.
Rubber insulating equipment.
General fall protection.
Ladders.
Vehicle-mounted material handling devices and other mechanical equipment.
Communication, roof tops, water towers and other elevated locations.
Microwave transmission/radio frequency radiation (RFR) and laser communicationGeneral requirements.
Hazardous areas.
Optical communications systems (laser).
Control of hazardous energy.
PART BREQUIREMENTS THAT APPLY TO WIRELINE
Note:
Wireline – This part is intended to convey to the employer the responsibilities for the training and protection of their employees working with or in telecommunications wireline facilities and field installations.
Pole climbing equipment.
Materials handling and storage.
Cable fault locating and testing.
Grounding for employee protectionPole lines.
Overhead lines.
Wood or other types of poles.
Telecommunications line tree trimming and emergency work.
Line patrol and work on aerial plants.
Storm work and emergency conditions.
Underground lines and cable vaults.
Directional boring machines.
Manholes, street openings and vaults.
Joint power and telecommunication manholes and vaults.
Ladders for underground access.
Tent heater, torches and open flames.
Lead work.
PART CREQUIREMENTS THAT APPLY TO WIRELESS
Note:
Wireless – This part is intended to convey to the employer the responsibilities for the training and protection of their employees working with or upon telecommunications wireless facilities and field installations.
Wireless communicationsGeneral requirements.
Antenna work-radio transmitting stations 3-30 MHZ.
Fall protection.
Work during hours of darkness.
Emergency response/rescue requirements.
Rigging plan.
Gin polesInstallation.
Gin polesUse.
Gin polesInspections.
Base mounted hoists used for overhead material lifting and personnel lifting.
Personnel liftingGeneral requirements.
Helicopters used for lifting loads.
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