Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Apparel and Footwear Industry

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Apparel and footwear hazards are addressed in OSHA standards for general industry. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to the apparel and footwear industry.

OSHA Standards

Frequently Cited Standards

OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA’s Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Textile Product Mills, use NAICS code 314 in the NAICS search box. For Apparel Manufacturing, use NAICS code 315 in the NAICS search box.

Other Highlighted Standards

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart G – Occupational Health and Environmental Control 1910.94, Ventilation
1910.95, Occupational noise exposure
Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment 1910.134, Respiratory protection
Appendix B, Non-mandatory compliance guidelines for hazard assessment and personal protective equipment selection. Provides guidance on how to perform the hazard assessment mentioned in 29 CFR 1910.132.  
Subpart L – Fire Protection 1910.157, Portable fire extinguishers
Subpart N – Materials Handling and Storage 1910.178, Powered industrial trucks
1910.179, Overhead and gantry cranes

1910.184, Slings
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1910.1000, Air contaminants
1910.1043, Cotton dust
1910.1045, Acrylonitrile
1910.1050, Methylenedianiline
1910.1051, 1,3-Butadiene
1910.1052, Methylene chloride
Additional Directives

Note: The “Directives” bullets above link to directives related to each OSHA standard. The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

State Standards

There are 28 OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

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