Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below highlight topics and specific questions that are often asked of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). All of the links are to existing OSHA documents. Answers to many additional questions not addressed here may be obtained from the "Interpretation Letters" database.

OSHA maintains this list of "Frequently Asked Questions" to enhance public access and understanding of OSHA regulations and compliance information. We try to keep the information timely and accurate and will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention. These FAQs are not to be considered complete and do not relieve employers from complying with applicable OSHA regulations.

Topic Reference
1,3 Butadiene CPL 2-2.66, Appendix A
Asbestos CPL 2-2.63, Appendix C
Bloodborne Pathogens Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Updated 11/4/2011
Quick Reference Guide to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Emergency Preparedness Anthrax
Blister Agents
Cold Stress
Extended/Unusual Work Shifts
Heat Stress
Nerve Agents
Secondary Explosive Devices
Sulfur Mustard
Toxic Industrial Agents (TICs)
Winter Weather
Ergonomics Ergonomics: Enforcement
Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) HAZCOM
Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response Operations (HAZWOPER) HAZWOPER (General)
HAZWOPER (Training)
HAZWOPER (Brownfields)
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) IAQ
Legionnaires' Disease Legionellosis (Legionnaires’ Disease and Pontiac Fever) Safety and Health Topics Page
Maritime General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915, Subpart F)
Shipyard Fire Protection
Methylene Chloride CPL 2-2.70, Appendix A
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NTRLs) NRTLs - Frequently Asked Questions
Pandemic Influenza Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers
Permit-Required Confined Spaces (PRCS) CPL 02-00-100, Appendix E
PRCS Standard Clarification
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Eye and Face Protection (eTool)
Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) PITs
CPL 02-01-028, Appendix A
Recordkeeping Injury and Illness Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements (Proposed Revisions)
Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule (Updated 11/21/2001)
Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule (Additional Guidance)
Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule (Federal Agency Guidance)
CPL 2-0.131, Chapter 5
Respiratory Protection Memorandum to Regional Administrators, August 3, 1998 (PDF)
Respiratory Protection (Rev. November 2004)
Scaffolding Construction etool (Scaffolding)
Memorandum to Regional Administrators (August 22, 2011)
Silica Sampling and Analysis of Crystalline Silica - X-ray Diffraction (1997 OSHA Cyber-conference)
Steel Erection CPL 2-1.34, Chapter 4
Worker Safety Young Workers (Rev. 6/10/2010)

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