The Electrical Work Plan

The Electrical Work Plan (EWP) is a written document containing policies designed to protect individuals in Postal Service facilities from serious injuries and incidents that could result from electrical hazards. Thse include hazards such as electric shock and arc flash hazards that may arise when energized electrical work is performed. For detailed information on implementing an Electrical Work Plan, consult Maintenance Management Order (MMO) 023-13, Electrical Work Plan (or the latest revision) and Management Instruction EL-810-2013-5. This Management Instruction applies to electrical work performed during the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, repair, and servicing of equipment that is permanently or temporarily installed in Postal Service™ facilities.

The Postal Service is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees and to complying with all electrical safety regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including, but not limited to, the following:

  •  29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.147, The Control of Hazardous Energy.
  •  29 CFR 1910.133, Eye and Face Protection. „ 29 CFR 1910.137, Electrical Protective Equipment
  •  29 CFR 1910.301 through 1910.308, Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems.
  •  29 CFR 1910.331, Scope. „ 29 CFR 1910.332, Training.
  •  29 CFR 1910.333, Selection and Use of Work Practices.
  •  29 CFR 1910.334, Use of Equipment.
  •  29 CFR 1910.335, Safeguards for Personnel Protection.

This Management Instruction EL-810-2013-5 is not intended to conflict with nor negate any collectively bargained agreement(s) regarding the performance of energized electrical tasks. In addition, the MI identifies the energized electrical work tasks, e.g., prohibited energized electrical work that may be performed by a contract worker. The Electrical Work Plan is not intended to take away electrical work performed by the bargaining unit, to decrease staffing levels, or to encourage or to mandate the use of a contract worker beyond the limited exceptions of the EWP. Subcontracting decisions must be made in accordance with Article 32 of the USPS/APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement and 530 of the Administrative Support Manual (ASM).