Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code

Chapter 75. General Industry Standard for Telecommunications, General, Approach Distances

16VAC25-75-10. General; approach distances.

A. No employee shall be permitted to approach or take any conductive object closer to exposed energized parts than shown in subsection B (Table R-2) of this section unless:

1. The employee is insulated or guarded from the energized parts (insulating gloves or insulating gloves and sleeves worn in accordance with 16VAC25-90-1910.269(l)(3) are only considered insulation of that part of the employee's extremities covered by the insulating gloves or insulating gloves and sleeves);

2. The energized part is insulated or guarded from him and any other conductive object at a different potential; or

3. The power conductors and equipment are deenergized and grounded.

B. Approach distances to exposed energized overhead power lines and parts.

Approach Distances to Exposed Energized Overhead Power Lines and Parts.

Voltage range
(phase to phase, RMS)

Approach distance (inches)

300 V and less


Over 300 V, not over 750V


Over 750 V not over 2 kV


Over 2 kV, not over 15 kV


Over 15 kV, not over 37 kV


Over 37 kV, not over 87.5 kV


Over 87.5 kV, not over 121 kV


Over 121 kV, not over 140kV


(1) Avoid contact.

Statutory Authority

§ 40.1-22 of the Code of Virginia; Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-596).

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 21, eff. July 26, 2007.

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