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Commercial diving hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to commercial diving.

OSHA Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart T – Commercial Diving Operations 1910.401, Scope and application
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
Related Information
1915 Subpart A – General Provisions 1915.6, Commercial diving operations. Commercial diving operations shall be subject to 1910 Subpart T.  
1917 Subpart A – Scope and Definitions 1917.1, Scope and applicability. Commercial diving operations shall be subject to 1910 Subpart T.
1918 Subpart A – Scope and Definitions 1918.1, Scope and application. Commercial diving operations shall be subject to 1910 Subpart T.
Construction (29 CFR 1926)
Related Information
Subpart O – Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations 1926.605, Marine operations and equipment. Commercial diving operations shall be subject to 1910 Subpart T.
Subpart Y – Diving. The requirements applicable to construction work under this subpart are identical to those set forth at 1910 Subpart T. 1926.1071, Scope and application
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.

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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