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September 1, 1982

Mr. John W. Clark
Committee Chairman
Detroit Diesel Allison
P.O. Box 894
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206

Speed Code N-25

Dear Mr. Clark:

Thank you for your letter requesting an interpretation of 29 CFR 1910.157.

In response to your first question, 5/8" to 1-1/4" small hose is defined as specifically being fire department hard rubber booster hose. In response to your second question, an approved hose reel is not required to accommodate the hose. However, approved reels are acceptable and certainly preferred, but, any method that assures the availability of the hose is acceptable.

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


Patrick R. Tyson
Federal Compliance and State Programs