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State Standards

There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

Agricultural operations are addressed in specific standards for agriculture and the general industry. This section highlights:

OSHA Standards

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, 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". Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act".

Agriculture (29 CFR 1928)

  • 1928.1, Purpose and scope
  • 1928.21, Applicability of standards in 29 CFR part 1910
  • 1928.51, Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) for agricultural tractors
  • 1928.52, Protective frames for wheel-type agricultural tractors
  • 1928.53, Protective enclosures for wheel-type agricultural tractors
  • 1928.57, Guarding of farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins
  • 1928.110, Field sanitation
  • 1928.1027, Cadmium

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

OSHA Directives; Instructions to OSHA staff
OSHA Enforcement Standard Interpretations
Field Sanitation Standard
Rollover Protection Standard
Other Federal Agency's Standards and Guidance

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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