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Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Response Line - General Information

What is the Occupational Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Response Line?

The Occupational Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Response Line, established in 1992, is a service maintained by the Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy, AU-11, within the Office of Health and Safety, AU-10. It provides responses to questions from DOE and DOE contractor personnel regarding worker safety and health requirements and guidance. These responses are technical clarifications and should not be construed to be official policy.

What are the objectives of the Response Line?

1. Identify or clarify worker safety and health requirements and guidance applicable to a specific work situation.
2. Provide information on recent changes in requirements and guidance.
3. Identify any unique DOE requirements regarding particular safety and health issues.

What type of questions may I ask?

Requestors may submit questions regarding clarification of worker safety and health requirements and guidance but not requests for official interpretations of DOE’s regulations. Only DOE’s Office of the General Counsel can provide official interpretations of DOE’s regulations. Requests for interpretations should be submitted in writing to DOE’s Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC 20585. Please research reference materials and search the existing responses on the Response Line before submitting a question to the Response Line. Links to useful sources of reference materials are available at: Worker Safety and Health

How do I submit a question to the Response Line?

You can use the "Submit Question" link through this Web site. You can also leave a message by calling (800) 292-8061.

How and when will I receive an answer to my question?

Responses are generally answered in 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the complexity and uniqueness of the issues that are involved in the question. Responses are emailed to the requestor and the requestor’s Field or Site Office contact.