OSHA's New Rules on Minimum Approach Distance: What You Need to Know (VOD)

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The recent changes to OSHA 1910 & 1926 have changed how workers must work around energized power lines. In this video replay, renowned utility safety expert Jim Vaughn provides you with an in-depth breakdown of all of the new OSHA rules on minimum approach distance (MAD). 


  • A non-technical understanding of the basics of IEEE 516 and the "IEEE Guide for Maintenance Methods on Energized Power Lines," which is the basis for OSHA's new MAD rules.
  • The basics for calculating minimum approach distances.
  • How to identify multiphase exposures.



Jim Vaughn, Global Energy Solutions

A specialist in Occupational Safety and Health, Jim Vaughn has over 40 years of experience in utility and industrial electrical construction, industrial maintenance and operations; commercial construction and manufacturing and process plant environment safety. Mr. Vaughn has authored numerous procedure and standards documents and technical training programs. His original curriculum for Line Technician training was adopted by the Florida Department of Education and is used broadly across Florida and the electric utility industry. In addition to his OSHA expertise in 1910 and 1926 standards Vaughn also has expertise in international OHSAS Safety standards. Mr. Vaughn is highly regarded for his demonstrated skills in hazard identification; plant safety inspection; incident investigation; safety program development and application of consensus standards to meet OSHA requirements.

Mr. Vaughn has written articles on safety and training for several publications and is a sought after speaker on contemporary safety and technical issues and has often been called on for his skills as a post incident electrical forensics consultant. Vaughn has delivered many hours in both the college classroom and adult learner technical training and is recognized for effective technology transfer skills that compliment his safety and technical training courses. Mr. Vaughn currently sits on the Editorial Board at Incident Prevention Magazine, is a sought after technical writer and speaker and consults often on safety issues for Arizona utilities.


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