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Are there OSHA regulations that cover a driver going on top of a tank trailer?

Question:

Are there OSHA regulations that cover a driver going on top of a tank trailer?

Answer:

No.  The authority to develop such regulations lies within the Department of Transportation.  However, OSHA would cover workers going on top of a tank that is not “in transportation.”  So, OSHA would have authority over a worker going on top of the tanker in a cleaning rack or repair facility.  

However, NIOSH (National Institute of Safety and Health) which governs mining operations does have fall protection requirements.  If you are providing tanker service at a NIOSH covered location, their rules would apply.