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.

October 5, 1995

Mr. Robert M. Hull
Stage One Inc.
615 W. Olive Street
Bloomington, IL 61781

Dear Mr. Hull:

This is in response to your September 18 letter requesting a letter of compliance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for your ladder stand-off with handrails device (1926.1053(b)(1)).

As you may know, OSHA does not endorse products nor issue formal letters of approval for products or procedures. However, when provided with sufficient information, OSHA can offer an opinion as to whether or not they afford compliance with certain regulations. We have reviewed the Belle Ladder Stand-off product data enclosed in your letter and it appears that if your device is properly attached to the ladder and roof it would meet or exceed the requirements of 1926.1053(b)(1).

If we can be of further assistance, please contact me or Mr. Dale Cavanaugh of my staff at (202) 219-8136.


Roy F. Gurnham, P.E., J.D.
Office of Construction and Maritime
Compliance Assistance