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| Standard Number:||1910.134(g); 1910.120; 1910.156|
|OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.|
|MEMORANDUM FOR:||REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS|
|FROM:||JAMES W. STANLEY,|
DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY
|SUBJECT:||Response to IDLH or Potential IDLH Atmospheres|
Buddy system means a system of organizing employees into workgroups in such a manner that each employee of the work group is designated to be observed by at least one other employee in the work group. The purpose of the buddy system is to provide rapid assistance to employees in the event of an emergency.Please refer to OSHA Instruction CPL 2-2.59, "Inspection Procedures for the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard, 29 CFR 1910.120, paragraph (q): Emergency Response to Hazardous Substance Releases," for further compliance guidance and information on paragraph (q).
IDLH or Immediately dangerous to life or health means an atmospheric concentration of any toxic, corrosive or asphyxiant substance that poses an immediate threat to life or would cause irreversible or delayed adverse health effects or would interfere with an individual's ability to escape from a dangerous atmosphere.
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