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.
Exposures to benzene are addressed in specific standards for general industry, shipyard employment, and the construction industry. This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Registers notices (rules, proposed rules), directives (instruction to OSHA staff), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards).
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910 Subpart I, Personal protective equipment
- 1910 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances [related topic page]
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)
- 1915 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
- 1926 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
Federal Register Notices
- Standard on Benzene; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements. Notice 74:39978-39979, (August 10, 2009).
- Search all available federal register notices.
- 29 CFR Part 1915, Subpart B, Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment. CPL 02-01-051, (May 20, 2011).
- Search all available directives.
Letters of Interpretation
- Correct manner to interpret air sample measurements of an employee's asbestos exposure when the samples are overloaded. (January 17, 2006).
- Respirator selection requirements prescribed in the OSHA standard on benzene exposure. (January 10, 1994).
- Benzene Standard - Clarification of scope pertaining to Gasoline operations. (December 26, 1989).
- Respiratory Protection Tables. (December 18, 1989).
- Monitoring employee exposures to airborne benzene. (November 13, 1989).
- Interpretation of Blood Test Parameters Under the Benzene Standard. (July 20, 1989).
- Clarification on respirator use relating to the benzene standard. (April 6, 1989).
- Applicability of the Benzene Standard and respirator requirements for bulk gasoline storage facilities. (May 23, 1988).
- Application of PEL for benzene to extended workshifts. (March 22, 1988).
- Medical Surveillance requirements of the Benzene Standard. (March 14, 1988).
- Search all available letters of interpretation.