Powered by GoogleTranslate
Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1926.500

April 14, 1981


FROM:               JOHN B. MILES, JR.,

SUBJECT:            Application of 1926.500(g)(1)
The standard for perimeter guarding of low-pitched roofs allows the use of a "safety monitoring system" under certain conditions. As you know, a question has arisen as to what the requirements for such a system might involve. Specifically that question asks for a definition of "monitoring" and to what extent a safety monitor might be engaged in the performance of other duties.

The standard itself is of little help in establishing the nature or extent of these "other duties". Indeed the standard and its definition of "safety monitoring system" (1926.502(p)(7)) rather clearly imply that he can have no "other duties".

The preamble to the regulation, on the contrary (45 F.R. 75621), states that the monitor is unrestricted in the performance of other duties so long as his monitoring function is not encumbered. How can anyone monitor when he is himself engaged in other duties as, for example, when he is part of the same work crew as those he is appointed to monitor?

The attached memorandum appears to express the belief that somehow a monitor can make a single judgment once and for all to determine that the other crew members are aware of the hazard and are not acting in an unsafe manner and can, consequently, go about his own task and no longer be concerned with monitoring his fellow workers. There is no suggestion made that an occasional reminder or monitoring check might be required to assure that other crew members continue to be actively aware of the hazard and to act safely. This is the issue raised by the question but is not addressed by the memorandum.

For this reason, the attached memorandum is not an adequate response to the question and fails to justify a withdrawal of the citation. Unless a better interpretation of the standard requirements on this matter is produced, Region I will be compelled to continue to enforce the standard to mean that the monitor cannot be engaged in activities which would in any way interfere with his monitoring function.

Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.