Step 1: OSHA Requirements That Apply to Most General Industry Employers
The following are selected OSHA requirements that apply to many general industry employers.
Medical and First Aid. OSHA requires employers
to provide medical and first-aid personnel and supplies commensurate
with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical
and first-aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each
workplace and employer.
- Hazard Communication Standard. This
standard is designed to ensure that employers and employees know about
hazardous chemicals in the workplace and how to protect themselves. Employers
with employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the
workplace must prepare and implement a written Hazard Communication
Program and comply with other requirements of the standard.
- Emergency Action Plan Standard. OSHA
recommends that all employers have an Emergency Action Plan. A plan is mandatory
when required by an OSHA standard. An Emergency Action Plan describes the
actions employees should take to ensure their safety in a fire or other
- Fire Safety. OSHA recommends that all
employers have a Fire Prevention Plan. A plan is mandatory when required by an
- Exit Routes. All employers must comply with OSHA's requirements for exit
routes in the workplace.
- Walking/Working Surfaces. Floors,
aisles, platforms, ladders, stairways, and other walking/working
surfaces are present, to some extent, in all general industry
workplaces. Slips, trips, and falls
from these surfaces constitute the majority of general industry
accidents. The OSHA standards for walking and working surfaces apply to all permanent
places of employment, except where only domestic, mining, or
agricultural work is performed.
NOTE:To find the OSHA standards that are most frequently cited by OSHA
inspectors, visit Frequently Cited OSHA Standards.
On that Web page, you can
find the most frequently cited federal or state OSHA standards based on your
industry's Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code and the number of
employees in your establishment.