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July 1, 1976

Mr. R. P. Adamson
Director of Marketing
Industrial Distribution Campbell
Chain Company
Post Office Box 3056
York, Pennsylvania 17402

Dear Mr. Adamson:

This is in reply to your correspondence of June 3, 1976, regarding the scope of 29 CFR 1910.184(e), Alloy Steel Chain Slings.

The preamble to Part 1910 - Industrial Slings, published in the Federal Register, Volume 40, Number 125 on Friday, June 27, 1975, page 27368 (copy enclosed), should clarify the scope of this standard.

Section 1, Scope, of this preamble, indicates it covers the five major types of slings. In addition, it indicates to the extent that alloy steel chain slings are not covered by the tables on rated capacities provided in these paragraphs, the standard requires alloy steel chain slings be used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation. The rest of the scope in the preamble gives further explanation that 29 CFR 1910.184(e) is limited to alloy steel chain slings and their application under Part 1910, General Industry.

Where other type of chain slings are used for the movement of material by hoisting in General Industry, they should be used according to the manufacturer's recommendation.

Your interest in safety and the literature on chains are appreciated. If I may be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.


John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational Safety Programming