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  • 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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Lumber and Building Material Dealer Industry

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.

OSHA Standards

This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to the lumber and building material dealer industry.

Note: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

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 Lumber and Other Building Materials Dealers, use NAICS code 444190 in the NAICS search box.

Other Highlighted Standards

Highlighted Standards for Delivery to Construction Sites

The following are highlighted OSHA construction standards that may apply to delivery of materials to construction sites.


Standard Interpretations

Hazards and Solutions

The following is a list of references regarding hazards and possible solutions common to lumber and building material dealer industries.


Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts)

Lumber and building material dealers are often involved in the delivery of products to construction sites which may include unloading materials using a forklift. Therefore, it is important for these operators to receive training on the safe operation of forklifts at construction sites.


Manual Lifting/Material Handling

Hazardous Materials

Customer Assistance (including cutting to size)

Machine Guarding


Hazard Communication


Ergonomic Stress

Workplace Violence

Outdoor Activities

Slips and Falls

Motor Vehicles

Other Resources



Fire Safety

Personal Protective Equipment

Evacuation Plans and Procedures

First Aid


Safety Programs

The implementation of a comprehensive safety and health program is an important tool for creating both a safe and a profitable workplace. The following references were selected to assist in developing a safety and health program for the lumber and building material dealer industry.

General Resources

Additional Information


Other Resources

  • Small Business Handbook. OSHA Publication 2209-02R, (2005). Also available as a 587 KB PDF, 56 pages. Helps small business employers meet the legal requirements imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and achieve an in-compliance status before an OSHA inspection.

  • Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Serves as a conduit for small businesses to access EPA and facilitates communications between the small business community and the Agency. The Office reviews and resolves disputes with EPA and works with EPA personnel to increase their understanding of small businesses in the development and enforcement of environmental regulations.

Accessibility Assistance: Contact the OSHA Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

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