- Safety and Health Topics
- Computer Workstations
There are no specific OSHA standards that apply to computer workstations or extremely low frequency electric and magnetic field exposure. Existing OSHA standards on electrical safety, radiation exposure, and noise apply to all workplaces including office environments. In most cases, only a few general industry standards such as electrical or radiation hazards may apply. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to computer workstations.
Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness (29 CFR 1904)
|29 CFR 1904 – Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness|
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
|Subpart S – Electrical|
|Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances||1910.1096, Ionizing radiation|
Additional Letters of Interpretation
Note: The “Letters of interpretation” bullets above link to letters related to each OSHA standard. The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- Compliance requirements for relocatable power taps or "power strips". (November 18, 2002). Addresses the use of power strips with computer equipment.
- OSHA has no standards for the design and implementation of video display workstations. (February 17, 1987). This letter was written in response to an inquiry about the potential hazards associated with video display terminals (VDTs).
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.