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July 25, 1983

Mr. Clinton Krauss
30 Pleasant Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Dear Mr. Krauss:

This is in response to your letter to President Reagan of May 6, 1983, concerning instruction and warning labels on a four-foot step ladder. Please accept my apology for the delay in responding.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ladder standards do not require manufacturers to label ladders with instructions and warnings. Manufacturers of ladders attach the labels to provide information for safe use, and to protect themselves in liability action from any misuse of the ladder.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If I may be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.



Bruce Hillenbrand
Acting Director, Federal Compliance
and State Programs