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OSHA Standards

The following Federal OSHA standards are mandatory; they include provisions that address certain aspects of combustible dust hazards. Some are industry-wide and others and industry-specific.

Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards. 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.

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General Duty Clause

If a hazard is not addressed by an OSHA standard, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, may apply. This section requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". This is discussed further in the Consensus Standards section below.

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