Telecommunications and Utilities

Workers in telecommunications and related services operate or provide access to facilities for the transmission of voice, data, text, sound and video. Potential hazards include exposure to microwave and radio wave radiation; asbestos; polyurethanes and isocyanates; polychlorinated biphenyls; and organic solvents.

Workers in utilities provide services that include the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power; the distribution of natural gas; the provision or distribution of steam; the treatment and distribution of water; and the treatment and disposal of waste through sewer systems and sewage treatment facilities. Hazards can include: arc flashes, electric shock, falls, thermal burn hazards,


OSHA Telecommunications Standard

Health and Safety Fact Sheets, Communications Workers of America

Hurricane eMatrix for Hurricane Response and Recovery Workers, OSHA


Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Industry, OSHA

Electric Power e-Tool, OSHA

Safety for First Responders Around Fallen Power Lines, WorkSafe BC

Powerline Safety Facts and Myths, Electrical Safety Authority, Ontario

Risky Business: A Guide for Water and Wastewater Workers, AFSCME

Hurricane eMatrix for Hurricane Response and Recovery Workers, OSHA

NYCOSH Offices:

New York City
61 Broadway - Suite 1710
NY, NY 10006
(Fax) 212-227-9854

Long Island
150 Motor Parkway - Suite 306
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(Fax) 631-435-1893