OSHA Instruction STD 1-5.13 October 30, 1978
OSHA PROGRAM DIRECTIVE #100-99
TO: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS/OSHA
THRU: DONALD E. MACKENZIE Field Coordinator
SUBJECT: 29 CFR 1910.106(h)(8)(iii); or, 29 CFR 1910.107(g)(3); or, 29 CFR
1910.108(f)(2) - Relative to Metal Waste Cans
The purpose of this directive is to give guidance on citing for the
use of approved nonmetallic waste cans, where the OSHA standard requires a
metal waste can.
2. Documentation Affected
a. There are several OSHA standards that require approved metal
waste cans or metal waste cans. Presently, there are approved nonmetallic
waste cans on the market.
b. It is not the intent of OSHA to discriminate or restrict
employers from using new materials or products providing the products are
approved or listed by nationally recognized testing laboratories for the
particular use or exposure at the worksite.
Where the employer is found using an approved nonmetallic waste can
that is approved for its particular use or exposure at the worksite by a
nationally recognized testing laboratory; and, the nonmetallic waste can is
in violation of an OSHA standard requiring a metal waste can, the violation
shall be considered "de minimus."
NOTE: A nonmetallic container may be approved for the temporary
storage indoors of Class A combustible waste free of grease, oil, solvents,
or other flammable liquids, and not be approved for the temporary storage of
oil or solvent soaked waste.