Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA Technical Manual (OTM)
Section I: Introduction

Effective Date: 1/20/1999
Directive Number: TED 01-00-015 [TED 1-0.15A]

Introduction to OSHA Technical Manual (OTM)

The OTM provides technical information and guidance on occupational safety and health topics. The content is based on currently available research publications, OSHA standards, and consensus standards. The purpose of the manual is to assist OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers in hazard recognition and to provide guidance in accident prevention. It also serves as a source of advice for CSHO's on safety and health issues.

The manual is not a substitute for OSHA standards and is not used for establishing Agency compliance policies. In the unlikely event of any inconsistencies between material in the manual and the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the standards and regulations promulgated there under, the latter are controlling. The manual has ten sections and each section is divided into specific chapters. The information herein is valuable in establishing sound safety and health programs.

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