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.

January 14, 1976

Mr. Gary Dalbke
Boise Cascade
Office Products Division
231 South Jefferson Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Dear Mr. Dalbke:

This is in response to your letter of December 18, 1975, regarding a classification of your warehouses in which Class 1A and Class 1B liquids are stored.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would classify your warehouses as general purpose public warehouses. This classification is based on the information you furnished, that you are a wholesale distributor, that your warehouses are not accessible to customers or the public, nor do you share facilities with other companies.

29 CFR 1910.106(d)(5)(v) General Purpose Public Warehouses, would apply to these type warehouses. The word "public" in the title of this section has no real significance. It is planned to revise the title in line with the new title in the 1975 NFPA National Fire Codes (Section 30-4470 of "General Purpose or Industrial Plant Warehouses."

If I may be of any further assistance, please contact me.


John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational Safety Programming