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Apparel and Footwear Industry

Overview

Highlights
  • Ergonomics: Sewing and Related Procedures. OSHA eTool. Also available in Spanish. Provides guidance information for workers involved in sewing activities, such as manufacturing garments and shoes, who may be at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
  • Machine Guarding. OSHA eTool. Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.

OSHA is committed to providing apparel and footwear industry employers and employees with information and assistance to help them comply with OSHA and industry standards and to ensure safer workplaces.

Standards

Apparel and footwear hazards are addressed in OSHA standards for general industry.

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Hazards and Solutions

Discusses issues of exposure for employees who participate in a variety of activities involved with making finished apparel and footwear, including sewing, cutting, gluing, and stitching.

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Safety and Health Programs

Provides resources that can help employers develop and implement a safety and health program.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to the apparel and footwear industry.

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Highlights
  • Ergonomics: Sewing and Related Procedures. OSHA eTool. Also available in Spanish. Provides guidance information for workers involved in sewing activities, such as manufacturing garments and shoes, who may be at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
  • Machine Guarding. OSHA eTool. Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.