STATE OF CALIFORNIA
GRAY DAVIS, Governor
DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH
455 GOLDEN GATE AVENUE, 10TH FLOOR
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102
15 October 2001
ADDRESS REPLY TO:
P.O. BOX 420603
ELECTRICAL SEWER INSPECTION CAMERAS:
TITLE 8 APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS1
On 27 March 2001, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued a
memorandum explaining California's electrical safety order requirements for the safe
use of electrical cameras to inspect sewers and storm drains.
On 25 June 2001, continuing interest in this issue led the Division to issue a follow-up
memorandum inviting input from the community of camera users, camera
manufacturers, and other interested parties about their compliance approval issues.
This input was received at a technical information-sharing session held by the Division
on 1 August 2001 in Oakland. At that session, the Division received valuable
information from all the participants, and greatly appreciates the input of all those who
Participants in the 1 August session made it clear that they wished to obtain more
clarification from the Division regarding the Division's jurisdictional authority to regulate
the use of sewer inspection cameras and the provisions of California's Electrical Safety
Orders (ESOs)2 that govern approval of electrical cameras to inspect sewers and storm
drains. In response, the Division is providing this Enforcement Policy, in question and
answer format, for the regulated community of electrical camera users, electrical
camera manufacturers, and other interested parties about the approval requirements
for electrical equipment found in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.
What is the nature of the Division's jurisdictional authority?
The California Occupational Safety and Health Act3 grants the Division of Occupational
Safety and Health the power to enforce "occupational safety and health