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.

February 21, 1997

Mr. Donald S. Sherwood
Suite 2794
Box 025216
Miami, Florida 33102

Dear Mr. Sherwood:

Your letter to Senator Connie Mack requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that apply to residential properties has been forwarded to us for response.

Please be advised that OSHA does not have any regulations that apply to residential properties, however, OSHA does have regulations that apply to the safety and health of employees while engaged in construction operations. A copy of those regulations--the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926) -- is enclosed. These regulations apply to all construction operations, including residential construction. They require employers to protect employees exposed to various hazards during construction activities. The regulations are reprinted once a year and available through the Government Printing Office (GPO). Information on how to order OSHA regulations and standards from GPO is also enclosed.

We hope this information is helpful. If we can be of any further service, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Greg Watchman
Acting Assistant Secretary