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Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Response Line

The Response Line 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.

The information contained in responses are technical clarifications to a DOE Rule or Directive and should only be applied to the specific conditions described in a response. These responses represent the best available technical knowledge available from the Department's subject matter experts and are NOT binding upon the DOE.  These responses DO NOT represent approval of a variance, exemption, or equivalence for any requirements.  Requests for exemptions or equivalences for Directives must follow the procedures in DOE O 251.1C.  Interpretive rulings that are binding on DOE may only be made by DOE's Office of the General Counsel and must follow the procedures described in 10 CFR 851.

More information on variances to 10 CFR 851 can be found on the eVariance website located at: