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.

 

December 12, 1996

 

MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
 
FROM: RUSSELL B. SWANSON, DIRECTOR
DIRECTORATE OF CONSTRUCTION
 
SUBJECT: STAY OF ENFORCEMENT FOR ROOF BRACKET
SCAFFOLDS COVERED BY THE FINAL RULE FOR
SCAFFOLDS USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

 

On November 25, the Assistant Secretary stayed section §1926.451(b)(2)(i) of the final rule for scaffolds in construction (part 1926, subpart L) with regard to roof bracket scaffolds. This memorandum is to inform you of that stay.

 

Based on input from scaffold manufacturers, OSHA has determined that it is inappropriate at this time to enforce the 12 inch minimum width provision for roof bracket scaffolds. The Agency will be initiating rulemaking to determine the appropriate minimum width for such scaffolds. Please direct any questions or comments regarding this action to the Office of Construction Standards and Compliance Assistance (attention Ted Twardowski) at (202) 219-7207.