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.

November 2, 1987

James E. Lord
Kaeser Compressors, Inc.
239 Industrial Drive
P.O. Box 7416
Fredericksburg, VA 22404

Dear Mr. Lord:

This is in response to your letter to Angelo Costa of our Norfolk, VA office concerning the need to supply a material safety data sheet for oil lubricated compressors. Your letter was referred to this office for reply.

Material safety data sheets would not need to be supplied with the compressors since the compressor would be considered as an article exempted from the standard's coverage. Leakage of oil from the compressor is also not anticipated.

Since a material safety data sheet is not required for the compressor and your manuals state the compressed air is not suitable for breathing air then a material safety data sheet is not required for the compressed air mixture.

Please contact this office if we can be of further assistance.


Regional Administrator