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Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

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.

March 9, 1982

Mr. T. S. McKosky
Consulting Engineer
Bethlehem Steel Corporation
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18016

Dear Mr. McKosky:

This is in response to your letter of March 3, 1982, concerning the minimum width of access to equipment.

A minimum width of 18 inches is acceptable for a walkway used for maintenance and gaining access to equipment and would comply with the intent of Section 1910.37, OSHA General Industry Standards.

If I may be of further assistance, please call or write.


John K. Barto
Division of Occupational Safety Programming