OSHA Standpipe Hose Ruling
The permissible length of 11/2-inch lined standpipe hose has been increased to 100 feet by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Previously, OSHA limited both line and unlined 11/2-inch hose attached to a standpipe to 75 feet in its standards section 1910.158 (b)(3). The notice of the change pointed out that the longer line could cover a greater area and that because “all lined hoses currently available have significantly less friction than unlined hose, no material for the lining has been specified in the adopted rule.”
At the same time, OSHA ruled in section 1910.158 (b)(4) that each hose station “with small hose shall be equipped with an approved rack or an approved reel.” However, the rule states that employers “may continue to use a reel acquired prior to May 20, 1974, even though it is not approved, so long as it is in good working condition.”
OSHA reported that only two manufacturers make reels approved by Underwriters’ Laboratories or Factory Mutual.