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Asbestos hazards are addressed in specific standards for general industry, shipyard employment and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to asbestos.

OSHA Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1910.1001, Asbestos
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
Related Information
1915 Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1915.1001, Asbestos

For information related to the construction, see the Asbestos - Construction page.

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.

  • Shipyard Employment "Tool Bag" Directive. CPL 02-00-162, (May 22, 2019). Provides OSHA offices, interested industry representatives, State Plan programs and federal agencies with guidance concerning the application of occupational safety and health standards in shipyard employment. Also, this instruction provides current information and ensures the consistent enforcement of OSHA's shipyard employment standards (29 CFR Part 1915).
  • OSHA's National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Shipbreaking. CPL 03-00-020, (March 7, 2016). Describes policies and procedures for continued implementation of a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to reduce and eliminate workplace hazards associated with shipbreaking operations.
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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