Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.169; 1910.169(a)(2)(i)

May 8, 2008

Mr. Lawrence Laser
1346 Almond Dr.
Annapolis, MD 21409

Dear Mr. Laser:

Thank you for your letter of January 10, 2008, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your letter has been forwarded to OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) for response. You had questions related to air receivers. Your paraphrased questions and our response follow.

Question #1: What laws govern air receivers constructed after 1968?

Answer #1: OSHA's Air receivers standard, 29 CFR 1910.169, governs compressed air receivers and other equipment used in providing and utilizing compressed air for various industrial operations. Air receivers installed 1 prior to the effective date of the standard, August 27, 1971, would be subject to all of §1910.169, except §1910.169(a)(2)(i), which applies only if the new air receiver was installed after August 27, 1971. Air receivers installed after August 27, 1971, are subject to the entirety of §1910.169.

Question #2: Do air receivers need to be pressure tested on a scheduled basis, under certain circumstances, or not at all?

Answer #2: No. OSHA's Air receivers standard, §1910.169, does not require periodic retesting.

As you may know, the State of Maryland administers its own occupational safety and health program under a plan approved and monitored by Federal OSHA. Under this plan, the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry promulgates and enforces occupational safety and health standards under authority of State law. Maryland's Air receivers standard is identical to the Federal. For further information on Maryland's standards, enforcement, and compliance assistance, we suggest that you contact:
Ron DeJuliis, Commissioner