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 http://www.osha.gov.
March 1, 1995
Mr. Stuart Nattrass
HM Chief Inspector of Construction
Health and Safety Executive
London South Area
1 Long Lane
London, England SE1 4PG
Dear Mr. Nattrass:
Thank you for your letter of December 9, 1994 requesting information about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policy on Focused Inspections in Construction. Enclosed is a copy for your information.
We believe this new policy will allow us to use our limited resources more effectively by focusing (i.e. limiting) our attention at qualifying worksites on the most hazardous situations, and using resource intensive comprehensive inspections at other worksites. Qualifying worksites must have both a safety plan and an individual responsible for implementing the plan to show the necessary commitment to safety.
If you need further information, please contact Mr. Roy Gurnham of my staff in the Office of Construction and Maritime Compliance Assistance at (202) 219-8136 ext. 150.
James W. Stanley
Deputy Assistant Secretary