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.
August 25, 1995
Ms. Amy Edison
Reeves Roofing Equipment Co., Inc.
12042 Leslie Road
P.O. Box 720
Helotes, Texas 78023
Dear Ms. Edison:
This is in response to your letter of March 20, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in which you requested that we review your company's Guard Rail System for compliance with OSHA standards.
Although OSHA does not approve or endorse products, due to the variable working conditions at jobsites and possible alterations or misapplication of an otherwise safe product, we can offer an opinion as to whether products as manufactured afford compliance with OSHA regulations. With regard to the Guard Rail System, we reviewed the information you submitted. It appears that if used according to the manufacturer's recommendation, the Guard Rail System is in compliance with our fall protection regulations.
If you have any questiors, please call me or Dale Cavanaugh of my staff at (202)219-8136.
Roy F. Gurnham, P.E., J.D.
Office of Construction and Maritime