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Chemical hazards and toxic substances are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to chemical hazards and toxic substances.

OSHA Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1910.1000, Air contaminants
1910.1001, Asbestos
1910.1017, Vinyl chloride
1910.1018, Inorganic arsenic
1910.1020, Access to employee exposure and medical records
1910.1025, Lead
1910.1026, Chromium (VI)
1910.1027, Cadmium
1910.1028, Benzene
1910.1029, Coke oven emissions
1910.1044, 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane
1910.1045, Acrylonitrile
1910.1047, Ethylene oxide
1910.1048, Formaldehyde
1910.1050, Methylenedianiline
1910.1051, 1,3-Butadiene
1910.1052, Methylene Chloride
1910.1450, Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
Related Information
1915 Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1915.1000, Air contaminants
1915.1001, Asbestos
1915.1026, Chromium (VI)
Shipyard Employment standards that incorporate General Industry standards
1915.1002, Coal tar pitch volatiles;  
1915.1017, Vinyl chloride
1915.1018, Inorganic arsenic
1915.1020, Access to employee exposure and medical records  
1915.1025, Lead
1915.1027, Cadmium
1915.1028, Benzene  
1915.1044, 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane  
1915.1045, Acrylonitrile
1915.1047, Ethylene oxide  
1915.1048, Formaldehyde
1915.1050, Methylenedianiline  
1915.1052, Methylene Chloride
1917 Subpart B – Marine Terminal Operations 1917.23, Hazardous atmospheres and substances
1917.24, Carbon monoxide  
1917.25, Fumigants, pesticides, insecticides and hazardous preservatives (see also §1917.2 Hazardous cargo, material, substance or atmosphere).
1918 Subpart I – General Working Conditions 1918.93, Hazardous atmospheres and substances (See also §1918.2)
Construction (29 CFR 1926)
Related Information
Subpart D – Safety and Health Regulations for Construction 1926.60, Methylenedianiline
1926.62, Lead
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1926.1101, Asbestos
1926.1126, Chromium (VI)
1926.1127, Cadmium
Construction standards that incorporate General Industry Standards
1926.1117, Vinyl chloride
1926.1118, Inorganic arsenic
1926.1128, Benzene  
1926.1129, Coke oven emissions
1926.1144, 1,2-dibromo-3-  
1926.1145, Acrylonitrile
1926.1147, Ethylene oxide
1926.1148, Formaldehyde
1926.1152, Methylene chloride
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.

State Standards

There are 28 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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