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 12, 1983

 
MEMORANDUM FOR: JAMES J. CONCANNON
Director
Office of Variance Determination
 
THRU: DONALD A. SHAY
Director
Office of Compliance Programming
 
FROM: JOHN K. BARTO
Chief
Division of Occupational Safety Programming
 
SUBJECT: Evaluation of Variance Application #1686, which Contains Eastern Airlines Request to Allow the Continued Use of the Proof Coil and High Test Chain Slings Under Certain Procedures
 

The use of other than alloy steel chain is not prohibited specifically in 29 CFR 1910.184, but only alloy steel chain is recommended by chain manufacturers for overhead hoisting. Proof coil and high test chain is used for purposes where failure of the chain would not endanger human life or result in serious damage to property or equipment. Proof coil and high test chains should only be used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.