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OSHA Standards
Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness (29 CFR 1904)
Related Information
29 CFR Part 1904 – Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart E – Means of Egress 1910.38, Emergency action plans
Subpart H – Hazardous Material 1910.120, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER)
Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment 1910.132, General requirements
1910.133, Eye and face protection
1910.134, Respiratory protection
1910.135, Head protection
1910.136, Foot protection
1910.138, Hand protection
1910.140, Personal fall protection systems
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1910.1020, Access to employee exposure and medical records
1910.1096, Ionizing radiation
Construction (29 CFR 1926)
Related Information
Subpart C – General Safety and Health Provisions 1926.33, Access to employee exposure and medical records  
1926.35, Employee emergency action plans
Subpart D – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls 1926.53, Ionizing radiation
1926.65, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER)
Subpart E – Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment 1926.95, Criteria for personal protective equipment
1926.96, Occupational foot protection
1926.97, Electrical protective equipment
1926.100, Head protection
1926.101, Hearing protection
1926.102, Eye and face protection
1926.103, Respiratory protection
1926.104, Safety belts, lifelines, and lanyards
Marine Terminals (29 CFR 1917)
Related Information
Subpart A – Scope and Definitions 1917.1, Scope and applicability
Subpart B – Marine Terminal Operations 1917.30, Emergency action plans
Subpart E – Personal Protection 1917.91, Eye and face protection
1917.92, Respiratory protection
1917.93, Head protection
1917.94, Foot protection
Longshoring (29 CFR 1918)
Related Information
Subpart A – Scope and Definitions 1918.1, Scope and application
Subpart I – General Working Conditions 1918.100, Emergency action plans
Subpart J – Personal Protective Equipment 1918.101, Eye and face protection
1918.102, Respiratory protection
1918.103, Head protection
1918.104, Foot protection
Federal Agencies (29 CFR 1960)
Related Information
29 CFR 1960 – Basic Program Elements for Federal Employee Occupational Safety and Health Programs and Related Matters
Other OSHA Requirements
  • Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to workers.
  • OSHA is precluded under section 4(b)(1) of the OSH Act from enforcing requirements pertaining to working conditions regulated by another federal agency. For more information, also see the Memoranda of Understanding, below.
  • Employers whose workers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operations of use or in a foreseeable emergency may have to comply with OSHA's Hazard Communication standards (in general industry, marine terminals, and longshoring, 29 CFR 1910.1200; in construction, 29 CFR 1926.59; and in shipyard employment, 29 CFR 1915.1200). These standards classify the potential hazards of chemicals and communicates information concerning hazards and appropriate protective measures to employees.
Selected Letters of interpretation
Directives and Memoranda
Safety and Health Topics Pages
Additional OSHA Guidance Materials
OSHA/Interagency Guidance Documents
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