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OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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Process: Housekeeping Safety



This guidance document is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. The information provided is designed to highlight safety and health hazards associated with poor housekeeping aboard vessels and during shipyard employment only. Suggested preventative measures as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards are also included. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by either federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved State program. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

Standards Applicable to Housekeeping Safety

The standards applicable to the hazards associated with housekeeping are:

  • 29 CFR 1915 Subpart C – Surface Preparation and Preservation
  • 29 CFR 1915 Subpart E – Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces
  • 29 CFR 1915 Subpart F – General Working Conditions
  • 29 CFR 1915 Subpart P – Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment
  • 29 CFR 1915 Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances

Other requirements contained in 29 CFR Part 1910 may apply (e.g., Subparts G – Occupational Health and Environmental Control, and H – Hazardous Materials).

Resource Materials

OSHA's Shipyard "Tool Bag" Directive, CPL 02-00-157, dated April 1, 2014, provides guidance on the applicability of standards. See Appendix A for the application of 29 CFR Part 1910 standards where 29 CFR Part 1915 provisions do not address a recognized hazard in Shipyard Employment.

See the Shipyard e-Tool for additional compliance guidance at www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/shipyard/index.html.


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