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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 4, 1993
MEMORANDUM FOR: BRUCE HILLENBRAND, DIRECTOR DIRECTORATE OF FEDERAL-STATE OPERATIONS ATTENTION: BARBARA BRYANT FEDERAL STATE OPERATIONS FROM: RAYMOND E. DONNELLY, DIRECTOR OFFICE OF GENERAL INDUSTRY COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE SUBJECT: Transfer of Letter from Richard Carroll, Assistant Attorney General, State of Kentucky Requesting an interpretation of 29 CFR 1910.97.
This is response to your request that we provide an interpretation of the related standards as we transfer the subject letter to you for response.
Application of 29 CFR 1910.97, .147(c)(1) and (c)(7)(i) to television transmission towers in the Federal regulations is as follows:
a. Paragraph (a)(3) of the telecommunications standard (29 CFR 1910.268) reads "Operations or conditions not specifically covered by this section are subject to all the applicable standards contained in this part 1910. (See 1910.5(c))." This means that Nonionizing Radiation standard at 1910.97, applies to television transmission towers.
b. 29 CFR 1910.147 applies to the control of hazardous energy in various maintenance and servicing operations to provide proven effective protection for employees. This standard may be applicable to the situation described by Mr. Carroll, depending on the levels of exposure to nonionizing radiation and other related circumstances.
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