OSHA has two safety related section of the Code of Federal Regulations, 29
CFR 1910 ("General Industry") and 29 CRF 1926 ("Construction"). Each
portion has a definition as to limits of applicability (i.e., where they
apply). I would suggest you take a read at them........ also take a look at
general ingress/egress requirements..... I would have a tendency to think
the 1910 portions would apply........
Robert C. Rogers, PE
From: Sherman, William [mailto:ShermanWC(--nospam--at)cdm.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 3:28 PM
To: SeaInt Listserver (E-mail)
Subject: OSHA application?
Does OSHA apply to circular openings for access to rungs in a manhole which
is normally wet? Normal OSHA requirements for openings for access to fixed
ladders would require a minimum 36-inch clear opening (without a "deflector
shield"). But I frequently see manhole details which show circular access
openings less than 36-inches in diameter (e.g. 24" or 30" manhole covers).
Do these openings violate OSHA or does OSHA not apply here? (If not, what
"code or regulation" does apply?)
William C. Sherman
Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc.