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also strictly regulated. Special disposal procedures must be followed in the cleanup of askarel
spills or leaks and disposal can only be done at specific hazardous waste treatment sites or
dumps. Disposal of the PCB equipment is regulated similarly. PCB equipment must be clearly
identified with EPA approved labels and records must be kept for all PCB equipment. PCB
contaminated equipment does not have the record keeping requirements of PCB equipment.
Spills of 50 ppm (or greater than 50 ppm) PCB contaminated liquids, however, still require the
special cleanup procedures.
6.4.3 Occupational Safety and Health Requirements.
6.4.3.1 Safety Requirements. The existing portions of the act generally govern the
installation of electrical systems and do not attempt to cover the operation and maintenance of
the electrical systems. This latter area is at the present time the subject of hearings and testimony
pursuant to an OSHA rule making proposal on electrical safety related work practices, which was
published in the November 30, 1987 Federal Register. This proposal would:
(a) Add a new standard on electrical safety related work practices for general industry.
(b) Revise references to the OSHA electrical standards.
(c) Remove existing work practice requirements from other parts of the OSHA general
industry standards. This will ensure that all general electrical safety related work practices would
be covered by the electrical safety standards proposed and remove an existing provision relating
to construction from the general industry standards.
The OSHA standards, both existing and proposed, are based on consensus industry standards
such as the National Electrical Code (ANSI/NFPA 70) and Electrical Safety Requirements for
Employee Workplaces (NFPA 70E). As such, they should certainly serve as a guideline for
NAVFAC to use in its operations. In accordance with ANSI C2 National Electrical Safety Code
specifically for Distribution System installation, maintenance and operation.
6.4.3.2 Health Requirements. Health requirements have received renewed attention due to
the May 23, 1988 effective date of the OSHA Hazardous Material Communication Standard.
This OSHA standard requires all industries to advise their employees of the presence of
hazardous materials in the workplace. Warnings are required to be posted and Hazardous
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be maintained and posted. Examples of materials
used in electrical systems include mineral oil (used for insulating liquids), various cleaning
fluids, cable pulling compounds, greases used for lubricating motors, protective coatings, and
paints, etc.
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