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Printing Instructions | Text Version
Title: General Duty Clause
Type: Text Slide
Content: Section 5(a)(1) of the OSHA Act states:
"Each employer shall 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."
Speaker Notes: Section 5 (a)(1) citations must meet the requirements outlined in OSHA’s Field Inspection Reference Manual( FIRM), and shall be issued only when there is no standard that applies to the particular hazard.
The hazard, not the absence of a particular means of abatement, is the basis for a general duty clause citation.
Four required elements are necessary for issuing general duty clause violations include: These include: the employer failed to keep the workplace free of a hazard to which employees of that employer were exposed; the hazard was recognized; the hazard was causing or was likely to cause death or serious physical harm; and there was a feasible and useful method to correct the hazard.