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.


August 27, 2007

Mr. James D. Hardin, II
P.O. Box 945, AJ-1593
Marienville, Pennsylvania 16239

RE: "Scaffolds"

Dear Mr. Hardin:

This in response to your letter dated April 11, 2006 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which raised several questions regarding scaffolds. We apologize for the long delay in responding.

We have paraphrased your questions below:

Question (1): Does OSHA approve scaffolds used in construction? Does a manufacturer need permission from OSHA to manufacture and sell scaffolding?

Answer: No. OSHA is generally precluded from approving or endorsing specific products. Also, there is no OSHA requirement that manufacturers receive permission from OSHA to make and sell scaffolding.

Question (2): Are there OSHA construction standards that are applicable to scaffolds used in construction?

Answer: Yes. These standards can be found at 29 CFR Subpart L, Scaffolds. You can view these standards on our website at http://www.osha.gov.

Question (3): Does OSHA have a list of approved scaffolding manufacturers in the United States and abroad?

Answer: No. OSHA does not maintain such a list.

If you need additional information, please contact us by fax at: U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Directorate of Construction, Office of Construction Standards and Guidance, fax # 202-693-1689. You can also contact us by mail at the above office, Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, although there will be a delay in our receiving correspondence by mail.


Steven F. Witt, Director
Directorate of Construction