Meatpacking

Standards

Meatpacking is addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to the meatpacking industry.

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". This section may be used to address hazards for which there are no specific standards.

Frequently Cited Standards

OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Meat Packing, use NAICS code 311611 (animal slaughtering, except poultry), 311612 (meat processed from carcasses), and/or 311613 (rendering and meat byproduct processing) in the NAICS search box.

Other Highlighted Standards

Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness (29 CFR 1904)
Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness (29 CFR 1904)
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1904 Subpart C

1904.7, General recording criteria.

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1904.29, Forms.

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1904 Subpart D

1904.33, Retention and updating.

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General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
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1910 Subpart D - Walking-Working Surfaces

1910.22, General requirements.

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1910.27, Scaffolds and rope descent systems.

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1910.28, Duty to have fall protection and falling object protection.

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1910 Subpart E - Exit Routes and Emergency Planning

1910.37, Maintenance, safeguards, and operational features for exit routes.

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1910 Subpart G - Occupational Health and Environmental Control

1910.94, Ventilation.

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1910.95, Occupational noise exposure.

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1910 Subpart H - Hazardous Materials

1910.119, Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals.

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1910 Subpart I - Personal Protective Equipment

1910.132, General requirements.

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1910.133, Eye and face protection.

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1910.134, Respiratory Protection.

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1910.138, Hand Protection.

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1910 Subpart J - General Environmental Controls

1910.141, Sanitation.

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1910.146, Permit-required confined spaces.

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1910.147, The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).

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1910 Subpart K - Medical and First Aid

1910.151, Medical services and first aid.

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1910 Subpart N - Materials Handling and Storage

1910.178, Powered industrial trucks.

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1910 Subpart O - Machinery and Machine Guarding

1910.212, General requirements for all machines.

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1910.215, Abrasive wheel machinery.

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1910.219, Mechanical power-transmission apparatus.

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1910 Subpart S - Electrical

1910.303, General.

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1910.305, Wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use.

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1910 Subpart Z - Toxic and Hazardous Substances

1910.1000, Air contaminants.

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1910.1030, Bloodborne pathogens.

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1910.1200, Hazard Communication.

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State Standards

There are 28 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.

Additional Directives

Note: The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

Additional Letters of Interpretation

Note: The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.