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Directorate of Standards and Guidance

The mission of the Directorate of Standards and Guidance is to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in covered workplaces throughout the United States. Our mission is accomplished through the development of workplace standards, regulations, and guidance that address significant safety and health risks to workers. All rules developed by the Directorate consider feasibility, economic effects, paperwork burden, affected industries, and impact on small businesses, as required by the OSH Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and applicable executive orders.

  • The directorate:
    • Is OSHA's largest National Office directorate by workforce.
    • Is divided into eleven (11) offices responsible for various standards and guidance activities in areas including chemical, physical, and biological hazards; engineering and safety; maritime/shipyards; information quality; economic feasibility and technological feasibility.
    • Is responsible for rulemaking and developing guidance products related to health and safety topics.
    • Works closely with other OSHA directorates to produce materials to help employers and workers maintain safe and healthful working conditions.

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DSG Guidance

Note: This is not a complete list of DSG guidance products. For assistance locating additional guidance materials, please contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or 1-877-889-5627 (TTY).


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