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

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

November 26, 2007

Mr. Grant J. Sanford
7151 Wilson Cr. Rd.
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Re: Whether the "Clear Gear Lanyard Elevator" conforms to OSHA construction standards.

Dear Mr. Sanford:

This is in response to your letter dated July 3, 2007, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In your letter, you request that OSHA determine whether the Clear Gear Lanyard Elevator device complies with OSHA construction standards. We apologize for the delay in responding.

We have paraphrased your questions as follows:

Question (1): The Clear Gear Lanyard Elevator is a device that is designed to gather and elevate a fall arrest lanyard above tools and tool bags to prevent the lanyard from becoming entangled with them. Does OSHA approve the use of this device?

Answer (1): OSHA is generally precluded from approving or endorsing specific products. The variable working conditions at job sites and possible alteration or misapplication of an otherwise safe piece of equipment could easily create a hazardous condition be