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Apparel and Footwear Industry
Apparel and footwear hazards are addressed in OSHA standards for general industry and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to the apparel and footwear industry.
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.
General Industry Standards (29 CFR 1910)
|Subpart G – Occupational Health and Environmental Control||1910.94, Ventilation|
|1910.95, Occupational noise exposure|
|Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment||1910.134, Respiratory protection|
|Subpart I - 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|
|Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances|
|1910.1043, Cotton dust|
|1910.1052, Methylene chloride|
Construction Industry Standards (29 CFR 1926)
|Subpart D – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls||1926.60, Methylenedianiline|
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.
- Enforcement Procedure for Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde. CPL 02-02-052 [CPL 2-2.52], (November 20, 1990). Provides uniform inspection procedures and guidelines to be followed when conducting inspections and issuing citations for workers potentially exposed to formaldehyde.
- Cotton Dust Manual. CPL 02-02-031 [CPL 2-2.31], (January 16, 1981). Provides guidelines for using the Cotton Dust Manual.
- Benzidine - Based Dyes: Direct Black 38, Direct Brown 95 and Direct Blue 6 Dyes. CPL 02-02-027 [CPL 2-2.27], (February 22, 1980). Provides guidelines to follow when issuing citations under Section 5(a)(1) of the Act, and pertinent standards of a general nature, for employee exposure to Direct Black 38, Direct Brown 95 and Direct Blue 6 benzidine-based dyes.
There are twenty-eight 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.