OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov.

August 28, 1975

Mr. Robert A. Williams
Plant Manager
Davol, Inc.
Box D
Providence, Rhode Island 02901

Dear Mr. Williams:

This is in reference to your letter dated January 29, 1975, concerning your request for a variance from Section 1910.262(cc)(1) Textiles, Laundry Washer Tumbler or Shaker - Interlocking Device, of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards.

Enclosed you will find a copy of Program Directive #100-35 which provides an interpretation of Section 1910.262(cc)(1). The interpretation states, in part, that a properly installed and operating micro switch on the door which shuts off the power when the door is opened will meet the intent of this standard. Please review this Directive to insure that your tumbler dryers are in compliance with all aspects of this interpretation.

No further action will be taken on your request for a variance.


Barry J. White
Associate Assistant
Secretary for Regional Programs