OSHA releases first standard interpretations of 2011

Washington – OSHA in April published letters of interpretation for the first time this year. The last standard interpretations were dated in October 2010.

In a letter dated Feb. 28, Thomas Galassi, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, clarified the meaning of “first discovered” as it relates to hazards and OSHA’s authority to issue citations. Galassi also explained how to calculate an employee’s “working life.”

According to a Feb. 23 letter, OSHA does not have a policy on workers wearing skirts in restaurants, although the agency recommends kitchen staff wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved cotton shirts and pants to protect against cuts and burns.

A third letter issued in February said OSHA currently has no plans to update its regulations to match newer ANSI standards on accident prevention signs.

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