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.

January 21, 2004

Thomas J. Mills
Deputy Chief for Business Operations
USDA Forest Service - BUS OPS
Room 2 NW
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20250-1103

Dear Mr. Mills:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently conducted a review of interpretive correspondence regarding the scope and application of the OSHA logging standard, 29 CFR 1910.266. During that review, we found correspondence addressed to Ms. Kathleen Connelly, Deputy Chief for Administration, dated October 25, 1996, which contained an incorrect interpretation of the scope of the standard.

The scope of the standard is not dependent on whether logging operations are conducted for reasons other than "for sale." The Logging Operations standard establishes safety practices, means, methods, and operations for all types of logging, regardless of the end use of the wood and regardless if the activity results in a commercial (for sale) product -- 29 CFR 1910.266(b)(1).

By this letter OSHA rescinds the October 25, 1996 letter. I regret any inconvenience the incorrect interpretation may have caused you. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please [contact the Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) at (202) 693-2100].


Richard E. Fairfax, Director
Directorate of Enforcement Programs