NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

During your career as a safety professional, has a worker death ever occurred at your site?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

Does your CEO 'Get it?'

Tell us why on the submission form and your CEO could appear among the 2016 selections.

OSHA clarifies standards requirements

April 1, 2010

  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

OSHA recently released several standard letters of interpretation covering topics such as fall protection exemption and fall protection requirements for working on an elevator shaft, fully planked and decked scaffolds, operating trucks in reverse on construction sites, testing requirements for "lifting blinds" or "lifting covers" on pressure vessels, drilling near a hole loaded with explosives, and controlled access during curtain wall construction.

In a March 5 letter, Acting Director of the Directorate of Construction Richard Fairfax said 1926.905 permits activities required for loading holes in a blast area, such as using a drill to clear out a previously drilled hole so the hole can be loaded with explosives.

In another letter issued March 2, Fairfax said the space between scaffold planks or between scaffold planks and uprights should be as narrow as possible and may only exceed 1 inch in width if reducing the space would require modifying the planks used to construct the platform. He added that in no situation can the width between scaffold planks exceed 9.5 inches.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.