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OSHA Standards

Demolition work involves many of the hazards associated with construction; therefore, all of 29 CFR Part 1926 – Construction Standards apply at a demolition site. However, demolition involves additional hazards due to unknown hazards, which makes demolition work particularly dangerous. For this reason, OSHA created the Subpart T – Demolition standards specifically for these operations.

Which demolition standard is the Most Frequently Cited?

1926.850(a) – Preparatory operations. This standard accounts for up to three-fourths of the citations on a demolition worksite. 1926.850(a)(1), which requires an "engineering survey" to be completed prior to starting demolition, accounts for more than half these preparatory operations citations.

Primary Demolition Standards
(29 CFR 1926)
Related Construction Standards
(29 CFR 1926)
National Consensus Standards

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

  • ANSI/ASSE A10.6-2006, Safety and Health Program Requirements for Demolition Operations.

Note: ANSI Standards and other national consensus standards ARE NOT OSHA REGULATIONS.  However, they do provide guidance related to worker protection from their originating organizations. They also can provide support for citations of OSHA Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act (General Duty Clause).

Industry Standards
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