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.

May 17, 1978

MEMORANDUM FOR:  BARRY J. WHITE, REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
                 Region V - Chicago

ATTN:            MILAN RACIC/JOE BODE

FROM:            BRUCE HILLENBRAND Acting Director,
                 Federal Compliance and State Programs

SUBJECT:         Fixed Ladder Used For Emergency Egress Only

This is to confirm a telephone conversation between Joe Bode and Bob Daly of our staff on the above subject.

It is our opinion that the fixed straight ladder 120' feet high and located on the outside of the elevator is used for emergency egress only and does not have to comply with the cage and platform requirements of 29 CFR 1910.27. However, employer should post "Emergency Use Only" signs at both ends of the ladder.

I am enclosing a copy of memorandum for Vernon Strahm for Richard P. Wilson dated April 29, 1977 for your information.

Enclosure