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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. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any question not delineated within your original correspondence. ANSI Z And, if so, when? Response: At this time, neither 29 CFR Revision of these sections will be considered in the future as priorities and resources permit.
Response: OSHA cannot adopt new consensus standards via letters of interpretation. Adopting new consensus standards can only be done through rulemaking, which is a resource-intensive process.
Interpretation letters explain existing OSHA requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. Employers are allowed, however, to comply with the most current consensus standards applicable to their operations, rather than with the OSHA standard in effect at the time of inspection, when the employer's action provides equal or greater employee protection. So long as the standards used by the employer provide such protection, a violation where the employer is not in compliance with OSHA's standards but is in compliance with the new standards may be considered de minimis and not be cited.
Thank you for your interest in occupational safety and health. We hope you find this information helpful. Please be aware that OSHA's enforcement guidance is subject to periodic review and clarification, amplification, or correction.
Such guidance could also be affected by subsequent rulemaking. In the future, should you wish to verify that the guidance provided herein remains current, you may consult OSHA's website at www. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of General Industry Enforcement at Standard Interpretations ANSI standards regarding accident prevention signs and physical hazard marking. Standard Number:.
ANSI Format for Safety Signs
453.4.6 ANSI Z53.1