If your state has a state OSHA plan, like Cal OSHA for example, their safety rules may be somewhat different than Federal OSHA. The general rule is the state rules must be as stringent as or more stringent than the fed rules.

With the update to OSHA 1910.269, this new Fed OSHA rule became much more stringent. Therefore state plans will likely need to get up to par with Fed OSHA. Typically there is some time allowance for the state plans to make their updates.

Cal OSHA for example, is in the process of making their changes but are not yet in compliance, since 1910.269 went into full affect as of 8/31/15. The Cal OSHA changes are in the review process but will not likely get fully implemented until sometime early in 2016. That means there will not likely be any federal citations for non-compliance, unless the Cal OSHA update drags on and doesn’t get implemented as planned, or there is an accident and the utility was not in compliance with the old rule of “garments should not increase the extent of injury”.

Any state with a state OSHA plan is most likely in the same boat as Cal OSHA.