Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1926.500(b) ; 1926.502(d)(6)

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May 11, 2005

Paul Hayes
Sundt Construction
3940 Industrial Boulevard
Suite 100-D
P.O. Box 2280
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Re: Under Subpart M, whether a lanyard may be connected to another lanyard by a snaphook, provided the potential fall distance is six feet or less.

Dear Mr. Hayes:

This is in response to your letter dated January 26, 2005, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You asked about the requirements for fall protection equipment, specifically lanyards and snaphooks, and whether two lanyards may be connected to one another.

We have paraphrased your question as follows:

Question: Under the requirements in Part 1926 Subpart M, may one lanyard (which does not have an integral deceleration device) be attached to another lanyard (which does have an integral deceleration device), using locking snaphooks, provided that the free fall distance would not exceed six feet?

Answer: Title 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M defines a "lanyard" in §1926.500(b) as follows:
"...a flexible line of rope, wire rope, or strap