OSHA Standard Interpretation Letters Offer Useful Guidance

"If you have visited the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Web site at www.osha.gov, you know that it includes a number of resources to help small businesses comply with workplace safety and health regulations. These resources range from pocket-sized Quick Cards to comprehensive eTools that provide detailed information on specific industries or workplace safety and health issues.

One resource that you may have overlooked is OSHA's collection of standard interpretation letters, which constitute its official responses to written questions about compliance with the agency's requirements. (Note: OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards, and regulations. OSHA's interpretation letters explain these requirements, and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they don't create additional employer obligations.)...

So the next time you visit OSHA's Web site, take a moment to review the collection of standard interpretation letters. They offer a valuable resource for small businesses and others seeking guidance on OSHA requirements. If you don't find the answer to your question, you can write your own letter to OSHA.

Read more and find related links in article from NFIB from which the foregoing was excerpted.

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