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 31, 1994

Mr. Matthew P Caputo
CMR 420 BOX 2163
APO AE 09063

Dear Mr. Caputo:

Thank you for your inquiry of February 2, requesting a copy of the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard requirements for eyewash and shower equipment, personal and other protective equipment, and air circulating fans, used in an automotive battery charging area. We apologize for the delay in our response.

One aspect of your request related to charging batteries in the garage of your home. OSHA is mandated to protect employees only, not the public, or persons that are self-employed. OSHA would not normally have jurisdiction in private homes, but OSHA does have jurisdiction in commercial battery shops. [See OSHA Instruction CPL 2-0.125, Home-Based Worksites, February 25, 2000.]

[This document was edited on 12/22/00 to strike information that no longer reflects current OSHA policy.]

OSHA does not have specific standards for commercial battery shops; however, the standard at 29 CFR 1910.178(g) requires certain precautions to be taken when charging electric batteries of powered industrial trucks. This standard does not apply to commercial battery shops (which change batteries for over-the-road vehicles); however, if there is exposure to hazards such as explosive and/or flammable atmospheres, acid burns or electric shock, other general standards may apply. Some of these other standards are:

1. 29 CFR 1910.132 General requirements for personal protective equipment,

2. 29 CFR 1910.133 Eye and face protection,

3. 29 CFR 1910.151 Medical services and first aid,

4. 29 CFR 1910.303 General requirements for electrical safety, and

5. 29 CFR 1910.307 Hazardous locations.

We have enclosed copies of all of the above referenced standards for your information.

We appreciate your interest in employee safety and health. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.


H. Berrien Zettler, Deputy Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs