JAN 31 1978 OSHA PROGRAM DIRECTIVE #100-97 OSHA
Instruction October 30, 1978 STD 1-1.8 TO: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS/OSHA
THRU: DONALD E. MACKENZIE Field Coordinator
Subject: 29 CFR 1910.23(c), Metal Pouring Platforms--Protection of
Open-sided Floors, Platforms and Runways
The purpose of this directive is to advise field personnel that 29
CFR 1910.23(c) should not be applied to metal pouring platforms in hot metal
pouring operations, except upon consultation with the Office of Compliance
2. Documentation Affected
This directive supersedes Field Information Memorandum #76-27 dated
October 26, 1976.
a. The provisions of 29 CFR 1910.23(c) requiring railing and
toeboards on the open sides of platforms or runways shall not apply to open
sides of hot metal poking platforms (teeming platforms) or runways in areas
where work is performed in preparation for, during, or in the completion of
hot metal pouring operations.
b. We are presently revising the standard to exclude this operation
from 29 CFR 1910.23, and to provide a stand for feasible protection. The
nonenforcement policy shall continue during the pendency for rulemaking
c. An extension of time was granted the rulemaking process on
standards relating to Walking-Working Surfaces by a Notice appearing in the
Federal Register on June 22, 1976.
OSHA Instruction October 30, 1978 STD 1-1.8
29 CFR 1910.23(c) shall be considered de minimis relative to
metal pouring platforms in hot metal pouring operations except upon
consultation with the Office of Compliance Programming.
5. Effective Date
This directive is effective immediately and will remain in
effect until canceled or superseded by either a later directive or cage in
Richard P. Wilson Deputy Director, Federal Compliance and State
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