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.
October 9, 1996
||John B. Miles, Jr.
Directorate of Compliance Programs
||Enforcement of the Use of Seat Belts on Powered Industrial Trucks in General Industry
It has come to my attention that clarification is needed to ensure that a
uniform approach is taken by all OSHA offices with respect to the
enforcement of the use of seat belts on powered industrial trucks in
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B56.1-1969 Safety Standard for
Powered Industrial Trucks, was adopted by OSHA under the procedures
described in Section 6(a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH
Act). ANSI B56.1-1969 does not have provisions for the use of seat belts.
Therefore, 29 CFR 1910.178 does not contain requirements for the use of
seat belts. However, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act requires employers to
protect employees from serious and recognized hazard