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Apparel and Footwear Industry
OSHA is committed to providing apparel and footwear industry employers and employees with information and assistance to help them comply with OSHA and industry standards and to ensure safer workplaces.
Apparel and footwear hazards are addressed in OSHA standards for general industry.
Hazards and Solutions
Discusses issues of exposure for employees who participate in a variety of activities involved with making finished apparel and footwear, including sewing, cutting, gluing, and stitching.
Safety and Health Programs
Provides resources that can help employers develop and implement a safety and health program.
Provides links and references to additional resources related to the apparel and footwear industry.
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.
- Ergonomics: Sewing and Related Procedures. OSHA eTool. Also available in Spanish. Provides guidance information for workers involved in sewing activities, such as manufacturing garments and shoes, who may be at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
- Machine Guarding. OSHA eTool. Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.