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Resources on Cleaning Chemicals

Protect Yourself: Cleaning Chemicals and Your Health

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Cleaning Industry


This page highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards related to the cleaning 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

A listing of the most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA for Building Cleaning and Maintenance Services, Not Elsewhere Classified (SIC code 7349) is available.

Other Highlighted Standards

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

  • 1910 Subpart F, Powered platforms, manlifts, and vehicle-mounted work platforms
    • 1910.66, Powered platforms for building maintenance
      • Appendix A, Guidelines (Advisory)
      • Appendix C, Personal fall arrest system (Section I - Mandatory; Sections II and III - Non-mandatory)


Standard Interpretations

National Consensus

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.


  • 1101, Cleaning Industry Management Standard

ASTM International

  • E1971-05, Standard Guide for Stewardship for the Cleaning of Commercial and Institutional Buildings