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OSHA Standards

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.

OSHA has not established a substance-specific standard for occupational exposure to coal tar pitch volatiles (CTPVs) however exposures are regulated under OSHA's Air Contaminants Standard for general industry, shipyard employment and the construction industry. Employees exposed to CTPVs in the coke oven industry are covered by the coke oven emissions standard. This section highlights OSHA standards and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to CTPVs.

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

  • 1910.1000, Air contaminants
    • Table Z-1, Limits for air contaminants. (See the entry for coal tar pitch volatiles.)
  • 1910.1002, Coal tar pitch volatiles; interpretation of term
  • 1910.1029, Coke oven emissions
    • Appendix A, Coke oven emissions substance information sheet
    • Appendix B, Industrial hygiene and medical surveillance guidelines

Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)

  • 1915.1000, Air contaminants. (See the coal tar pitch volatiles entry in Table Z-Shipyards.)
  • 1915.1002, Coal tar pitch volatiles; interpretation of term. Requirements are identical to 29 CFR 1910.1002.

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

  • 1926.55, Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists
    • Appendix A, Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists. (See entry for coal tar pitch volatiles.)
  • 1926.1102, Coal tar pitch volatiles; interpretation of term. Requirements are identical to 29 CFR 1910.1002.
Letters of Interpretation

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.

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