- Safety and Health Topics
- Cotton Dust
This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Register notices (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instruction to OSHA staff), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to cotton dust.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances [related topic page]
Federal Register Notices
- Occupational Exposure to Cotton Dust. Notice 66:18191-18192, (April 6, 2001). Issues a direct final rule amending its occupational health standard for cotton dust.
- Occupational Exposure to Cotton Dust. Final Rules 65:76563-76567, (December 7, 2000). Adds cotton washed in a batch kier system to the types of washed cotton partially exempt from the cotton dust standard.
- Occupational Exposure to Cotton Dust. Proposed Rules 65:76598-76600, (December 7, 2000). Proposed Cotton Dust Standard which was issued in 1978 and amended in 1985 and 2001.
- Occupational Exposure to Cotton Dust Notice of the Availability of a Lookback Review Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866. Notice 65:76667-76669, (December 7, 2000). Describes the continuing need for the cotton dust standard and completes the OSHA review of its cotton dust standards (29 CFR 1910.1043 and 29 CFR 1910.1000 Table Z-1).
- Cotton Dust Manual. CPL 02-02-031 [CPL 2-2.31], (January 16, 1981). Establishes OSHA policy and procedures necessary for enforcing at yarn manufacturing operations, at slashing, weaving, knitting, waste house operations, and at cotton warehousing operations on the premises of the cotton's processors.
Letters of Interpretation
- OSHA policy regarding PEL adjustments for extended work shifts. (November 10, 1999).
- Regulations For Cotton Waste Operations. (May 10, 1991).
- Sample numbers and measurement duration for compliance to the cotton dust standard for a weaving operation. (November 3, 1986).
- Tufting of undyed and unwashed cotton is not covered in the scope of the revised standard of December 13, 1985. (June 4, 1986).
- Standards that apply to cotton gins. (August 6, 2002). Cotton gins are specifically not covered by the standard.
- The cotton dust standard applies to the elastic fabric industry. (April 16, 1986).
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.