OSHA has issued a temporary enforcement policy  governing its recently released rule on electric power  generation, transmission and distribution installations  and electrical protective equipment that sets a  revised compliance deadline of October 31, 2014 for  some provisions.

In a June 20 memorandum to regional administrators,  OSHA said the policy covers general industry standards  at 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR 1910.137(b) and  construction industry requirements at 29 CFR  1926.97(b) and Subpart V.  The final rule was  promulgated April 11.

The new standards were to become effective July 10, with a delayed effective date for some provisions until  April 1, 2015, Jackson Lewis attorney Tressi Cordaro  wrote in the firm’s OSHA Law Blog posting June 24. However, the memorandum extends the compliance  date for all requirements through October 31, 2014.

OSHA has instructed regional administrators not to  issue citations from July 10, 2014 through October  31, 2014 to employers under either the updated  1910.269 or 1926, Subpart V standards if they are in  compliance with the old requirements of 1910.269.

Employers doing construction work will be  considered compliant with the old version of  1910.269 provided they also are in compliance with  29 CFR 1926, Subpart M requirements as they apply  to fall protection in aerial lifts.

The policy stipulates that, beginning July 10, any  proposed citation for violations of the updated  standards are to be submitted for approval through the  regional offices to OSHA’s National Office and agency lawyers in the Solicitor’s Office.

OSHA’s temporary enforcement policy also extends to certain requirements under the new electrical protective  standards for general industry and  construction. Specifically, OSHA will not issue citations  under 29 CFR 1910.137(b) or 29 CFR 1926.97(b) until  after October 31. Paragraphs (a) and (c) of 1910.137  and 1926.97 go into effect July 10 and are not affected  by the temporary enforcement policy.

Cordaro advised that affected general industry and  construction employers should make sure they are  in compliance with either the updated standards  under 1910.269 or Subpart V or with the previous  version of 1910.269.