- Safety and Health Topics
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)
- 1926 Subpart T, Demolition.
- 1926.850, Preparatory operations.
- 1926.851, Stairs, passageways, and ladders.
- 1926.852, Chutes.
- 1926.853, Removal of materials through floor openings.
- 1926.854, Removal of walls, masonry sections, and chimneys.
- 1926.855, Manual removal of floors.
- 1926.856, Removal of walls, floors, and material with equipment.
- 1926.857, Storage.
- 1926.858, Removal of steel construction.
- 1926.859, Mechanical demolition.
- 1926.860, Selective demolition by explosives.
Related Construction Standards
(29 CFR 1926)
- 1926 Subpart D, Occupational health and environmental controls.
- 1926 Subpart E, Personal protective and life saving equipment.
- 1926 Subpart J, Welding and cutting [related topic page].
- 1926.350, Gas welding and cutting.
- 1926 Subpart K, Electrical.
- 1926 Subpart L, Scaffolds [related topic page].
- 1926.451, General requirements.
- 1926 Subpart M, Fall protection [related topic page].
- 1926 Subpart P, Excavations [related topic page].
- 1926 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances.
- 1926.1101, Asbestos.
- 1926 Subpart CC, Cranes & Derricks in Construction [related topic page].
Letters of Interpretation
- Requirement for an employer to conduct an exposure assessment for tasks involving lead-containing paint. (September 10, 2008).
- OSHA standards addressing reverse signal alarms on excavators. (May 10, 1995).
- Demolition regulations do apply to the removal of ceilings and interior non-load bearing walls and partitions. (January 27, 1994).
- Clarification of 29 CFR 1926.855(b) and (f). (July 5, 1979).
- 1926.850 demolition work and the use of clamshells. (September 17, 1974).
- Search all available demolition Letters of Interpretation.
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).
- National Demolition Association - 2013 Demolition Safety Manual.