6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
Any tools (e.g., hot sticks, insulating rubber sleeves) used as part of the task must be
rated and tested/certified for the line-to-line voltage of the energized equipment.
Exception: Rubber gloves used for hot-stick work at 69 kV (nominal) transmission line
voltage shall be Class IV.
Additional PPE or special tools and/or equipment may be required by local procedures,
Air Force Occupational Safety and Health (AFOSH) guidance, OSHA guidance, working
voltage level, or the task to be performed.
Overhead Lines Above 35 kV Hot Stick Distance Less Than 10 Feet.
Working on or near energized circuits or components on high voltage electrical lines
above 35 kV (nominal) and less than 69 kV (nominal) at a hot stick distance less than
10 ft (3.05 m) is prohibited in all circumstances.
Overhead Lines Above 35 kV Hot Stick Distance More Than 10 Feet.
This paragraph applies to overhead line work and other exterior pole-line work at a hot
stick distance greater than 10 ft (3.05 m) (high voltage electrical lines above 35 kV
[nominal] and at or below 69 kV [nominal]). Typical work activities include:
Outdoor gang-operated switch operation.
Outdoor disconnect switch operation.
Outdoor voltage tests.
Installing temporary protective grounds on overhead lines.
Certain maintenance or repair action approved by the BCE in accordance
with AFI 32-1064 and documented in the energized work permit; however,
before approving energized line work, the BCE must also approve an
operational risk management (ORM) assessment prepared by the
operations flight chief. Follow guidance in AFI 90 901, Operational Risk
Management, and AFPAM 90-902, Operational Risk Management (ORM)
Guidelines and Tools.
Temporarily disable automatic reclosure operation
before commencing work.