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June 13, 1994
|MEMORANDUM FOR:||OFFICE OF FIELD PROGRAMS
|FROM:||JAMES W. STANLEY
DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY
|SUBJECT:||Fall Protection for Steep Roofs and During the
Performance of Built-Up Roofing Work
Until new subpart M--Fall protection is published, the interim policy regarding fall protection during roofing operations is as follows:
Citations for failure to use fall protection shall be issued to employers engaged in steep roof or built-up roofing activities only when those employers are not in compliance with the requirements of 29 CFR 1926.451(u)(3) for work on steep roofs, and 29 CFR 1926.500(g) for work during built-up roofing operations. Section 5(a)(1) of the Act and 29 CFR 1926.95(a) shall not be used to require fall protection during those operations when the fall distance is less than 16 feet.