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Standards

This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to healthcare.

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The General Duty Clause of the OSH Act (the law that created OSHA) requires employers to provide workers with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury.

OSHA Standards

Frequently Cited Standards

OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Health Care and Social Assistance, use NAICS code 62 in the NAICS search box.

Other Highlighted Standards

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment 1910.132, General requirements
  1910.133, Eye and face protection
  1910.134, Respiratory protection
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1910.1030, Bloodborne pathogens
  1910.1047, Ethylene oxide
  1910.1048, Formaldehyde
  1910.1096, Ionizing radiation
  1910.1200, Hazard communication
  1910.1450, Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories
Additional Directives

Note: The "Directives" bullets above link to directives related to each OSHA standard. The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

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 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.

For specific Patient Handling legislation of various states see the Safe Patient Handling page.

For additional information, see:
  • Occupational Asthma. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
  • Reproductive Hazards. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
  • Compliance Assistance Quick Start. OSHA. By following this step-by-step guide, you can identify many of the major OSHA requirements and guidance materials that may apply to your workplace. Small and new businesses may find Quick Start helpful as an introduction to the compliance assistance resources on OSHA's website.
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General Duty Clause

The General Duty Clause of the OSH Act (the law that created OSHA) requires employers to provide workers with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury.

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