The following Federal OSHA standards are mandatory; they include provisions that address certain aspects of combustible dust hazards. Some are industry-wide and others and industry-specific.
Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910 Subpart D, Walking-working surfaces [related topic page]
- 1910.22, Housekeeping
- 1910 Subpart E, Exit routes, emergency action plans, and fire prevention plans
- 1910 Subpart G, Occupational health and environmental control
- 1910 Subpart J, General environmental controls
- 1910 Subpart L, Fire protection [related topic page]
- 1910 Subpart N, Materials handling and storage
- 1910 Subpart R, Special industries
- 1910 Subpart S, Electrical [related topic page]
- 1910.307, Hazardous (classified) locations
- 1910 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances [related topic page]
General Duty Clause
If a hazard is not addressed by an OSHA standard, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, may apply. This section requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". This is discussed further in the Consensus Standards section below.
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