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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.

Exposures to ethylene oxide are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, shipyard employment, and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to ethylene oxide.

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

  • 1926 Subpart D, Occupational health and environmental controls
    • 1926.64, Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals.
      • Appendix A, List of highly hazardous chemicals, toxics and reactives (Mandatory). Lists the threshold quantity (TQ) of ethylene oxide for coverage by this standard at 5000 lbs.
  • 1926 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
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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