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Standards

State Standards

Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans, which are required to be at least as effective as Federal OSHA, but may adopt their own standards and enforcement policies. However, most have adopted standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. Other federal standards related to agricultural operations are included for reference.

This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards related to grain handling.

OSHA

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

Federal Registers

  • Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Prevention Plans; Final Rule. Final Rules 67:67949-67965, (2002, November 7). Identifies grain handling facilities (29 CFR 1910.272(d)), Emergency action plan as one of the general industry standards that requires an emergency action plan or a fire prevention plan.
  • Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. Final Rules 67:77165-77170, (2002, December 17). Delays the effective date of three provisions of the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements rule published January 19, 2001. OSHA implemented the hearing loss column requirements on January 1, 2004, and continued to evaluate the MSD provisions over the next year.
  • Grain Handling Facilities. Final Rules 61:9577-9584, (1996, March 8). Links to a technical amendment to clarify requirements intended to provide protection for employees who enter flat storage structures.
  • Grain Handling Facilities. Proposed Rules 60:54047-54051, (1995, October 19). Proposes to revise a previous exception to the standard for flat storage buildings or tanks and to add a new provision that applies to entry into flat storage facilities which do not have atmospheric hazards.
  • Search all available Federal Registers.

Directives

Standard Interpretations

National Consensus Standards

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • A17, Elevator and Escalator Safety Package. Includes the following:
    • A17.1-2007, Handbook on Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
    • A17.2-2007, Guide for Inspection of Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walks
    • A17.3-2005, 2005 Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators
    • A17.4-1999, Guide for Emergency Personnel
    • A17.5-1996, Elevator and Escalator Electrical Equipment
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