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| Standard Number:||1910.147|
November 1, 1996
Mr. P. R. Larsen
Energy and Chemical Risk Consultants
800 Camino Del Rex
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
Dear Mr. Larsen:
This is in response to your letter of October 24, 1995, with regard to the various maintenance activities performed in oil and gas production operations. In your letter, you requested clarification on the applicability of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) standard, 29 CFR 1910.147 to your maintenance activities. Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to you.
Please be advised that the lockout/tagout standard, 1910.147 is intended to protect all workers in close proximity to the maintenance task. That is, the standard provides protection to both workers conducting the maintenance activities, as well as other individuals in the work area. Further, the standard provides protection against mishaps or inadvertent acts caused by employees. Therefore, and based on our evaluation of the information that you have submitted to OSHA, we determined that 1910.147 applies to all of your maintenance activities.
With regard to the relief sought through variance determination, please be advised that the variance process is conducted in the Directorate of Technical Support. Please contact Mr. Alphonse Abadir, of the Office of Technical Support, at 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210, in Room N-3653; Tel. No. 202-219-7056.
Thank you for your inquiry. If you need further assistance, please contact Alcmene Haloftis of my staff at 202-219-8031.
John B. Miles, Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs
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