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State Standards

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.

This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Register notices (rules and proposed rules), directives (instruction to OSHA staff), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) 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.

Other Highlighted Standards

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

Federal Register Notices
  • Occupational Exposure to Cotton Dust. Notice 66:18191-18192, (April 6, 2001). On December 7, 2000, OSHA issued a direct final rule amending its occupational health standard for cotton dust (29 CFR 1910.1043) to add cotton washed in a batch kier system to the other types of washed cotton that are partially exempt from the cotton dust standard (FR 65:76563-76567).
  • Methylene Chloride; Final Rule. Final Rules 63:50711-50732, (September 22, 1998). OSHA amended its standard regulating occupational exposure to methylene chloride (29 CFR 1910.1052). Specifically, it has added a provision for temporary medical removal protection benefits for employees who are removed or transferred to another job because of a medical determination that exposure to methylene chloride may aggravate or contribute to the employee's existing skin, heart, liver, or neurological disease.
  • Occupational Exposure to 1,3-Butadiene. Final Rules 61:56746-56856, (November 4, 1996). Amended the occupational standard that regulates employee exposure to 1,3-Butadiene (BD).
  • Occupational Exposure to 4,4' Methylenedianiline (MDA). Final Rules 57:35630, (August 10, 1992). By this document, OSHA promulgated new standards regulating exposure to MDA. The basis for this action was a determination by the Assistant Secretary, based on animal and human data, that exposure to MDA at the current occupational exposure levels causes adverse effects on employee health including an increased risk of cancer.
  • Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde. Final Rules 57:22290 (May 27, 1992). The final amendments lower the permissible exposure level for formaldehyde from the existing level of 1 ppm (parts per million) as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) to an 8- hour (TWA) of 0.75 ppm.
  • Search all available federal register notices.
Letters of Interpretation
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