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August 31, 1988
Mr. W. Patrick Morris
Vice President and General Counsel
Shipbuilders Council of America
1110 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-3553
Dear Mr. Morris:
This is in response to your letter of August 15, addressed to Assistant Secretary John A. Pendergrass, concerning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) interpretation of 29 CFR 1915.71(j)(2) as defined in OSHA Instruction STD 3-10.3.
OSHA does not concur with the maritime industry's definition of "taut" as stated in your letter. OSHA considers that chains, and wire rope or synthetic ropes used as guardrails on scaffolding are "taut" when meeting the criteria set forth in STD 3-10.3. This interpretation does not change the intent of the standard. Therefore, STD 3-10.3 remains in effect, as a guideline, for 29 CFR 1915.71(j)(2).
Thank you for your interest in occupational safety and health.
Thomas J. Shepich, Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs
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