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Highway, road, street, bridge, tunnel, utility, and other workers for the highway infrastructure are exposed to hazards from outside and inside the work zone. Falls, electrical, struck-by, and caught between are the common hazards found in this type of work. Guidance for the set-up of work zone signs, barricades, flagging, etc. are found in the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)." The MUTCD is referenced in 1926 Subpart G.

How can OSHA Help?

OSHA has developed this webpage to provide workers and employers useful, up-to-date information on Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, and Barricades. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities and other services OSHA offers, read OSHA's Workers page.

Standards and Guidance

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

Federal Registers Notices
  • The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners. OSHA Alliance, (January 25, 2007). The members of this Alliance are: American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Associated General Contractors of America, International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers' International Union of North America, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and OSHA. This Alliance was formed to develop compliance assistance information that addresses roadway work zone safety and health issues.

OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletins (SHIBs)

Training Materials

Additional Information

FACE Reports
DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics

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