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 http://www.osha.gov.

January 14, 1976

Mr. R. E. Burt
Construction Safety Director
American Electric Power
Service Corporation
Post Office Box 497
Canton, Ohio 44701

Dear Mr. Burt:

This is in response to your letter dated November 13, 1975, which requests an interpretation of 29 CFR 1926.50, and confirms your telephone conversation with Mr. Campbell of my staff.

[For OSHA's current policy on "reasonably accessible" and "near proximity," please see the
1/16/2007 letter to Mr. Brogan.]

If I may be of further assistance, please feel free to contact my office.

Sincerely,



John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational Safety Programming

[Corrected 06/13/07]