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• Standard Number: 1910.219(i)(2)

June 23, 1975

Mr. R. Lemma
Buffalo Forge Company
Buffalo Pumps Division
P.O. Box 156
North Tonawanda, New York 14120

Dear Mr. Lemma,

This is in response to your letter requesting clarification of the requirement to guard couplings connecting driven power shafts.

According to your letter description and the enclosed pictures which show a sheet metal sleeve bolted to the motor/pump base totally covering the coupling we believe that you are in total compliance with OSHA 1910.219(i)(2) on page 23730 of the Federal Register dated June 27, 1974, Vol. 39, #125. This standard requires that bolts, nuts and setscrews shall either be counter-sunk or covered by a sleeve in the manner you are providing. Accordingly, you may state on your own authority that this particular item meets OSHA standards. You may not state the item is approved by OSHA.

We have mailed under separate cover several OSHA brochures including the above noted Federal Register. Please feel free to contact us if there are further questions about OSHA.


Alfred Barden
Assistant Regional Director
Occupational Safety and Health

Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents

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