Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1926.502; 1926.502(d); 1926.502(d)(6)


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July 9, 2003

Mr. Doug Mercier
1345 15th Street
Franklin, PA 16232

Re: Section 1926.502(d)(6) prohibits snaphooks from being engaged to certain specified equipment unless "designed for" such a connection. What does the phrase "designed for" mean?

Dear Mr. Mercier:

This is in response to your letter dated December 10, 2002, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You ask for clarification of the fall protection standard §1926.502, Fall protection systems criteria and practices. We apologize for the delay in responding.

Your questions are paraphrased as follows:

Question (1): Section 1926.502(d)(6) prohibits snaphooks from being engaged to certain specified equipment unless "designed for" such a connection. What does the phrase "designed for" mean?

Answer
29 CFR 1926.502(d)(6) states:
(d) * * * (6) Unless the snaphook is a locking type and designed for the connections, snaphooks shall not be engaged:
(i) directly to webbing, rope or wire rope;
(ii) to each other;
(iii) to a Dee-ring to which another snaphook or other connector is at