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The lumber and building material dealer industry provides goods and services to home building and professional contractors. General safety and health issues exist in the industry including recordkeeping, ergonomic stress, warehousing, powered industrial truck safety and machine guarding.

The lumber and building material dealer industry is not addressed in specific standards.

How do I find out about employer responsibilities and worker rights?

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to OSHA's Regional & Area Offices webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Small businesses may contact OSHA's free on-site consultation services funded by OSHA to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites. To contact free consultation services, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eCompliant Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.

If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.

Highlights

  • Grocery Warehousing - Ergonomics. OSHA eTool. Identifies hazards and solutions that apply to the lumber and building material dealer industry, although it was developed for the grocery warehousing industry.
  • Lockout/Tagout Interactive Training Program. OSHA eTool. Includes a tutorial explaining the Lockout/Tagout standard in a question and answer format, a list of Hot Topics discussing major issues related to the standard, and seven interactive case studies.
  • Machine Guarding. OSHA eTool. Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.
  • Noise and Hearing Conservation. OSHA eTool. Assists OSHA staff in evaluating workplace hazards. This eTool is a chapter of the OSHA Technical Manual.
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