The plastics industry represents a substantial portion of the American workforce. Various safety and health concerns exist throughout the plastics industry, ranging from raw material manufacturing to plastics processing.
OSHA's mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. One way OSHA accomplishes this mission is by the development and enforcement of standards that address hazards in the workplace.
There are currently no specific OSHA standards for the plastics industry. However, machine guarding and other hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry and construction.
- Machine Guarding. OSHA eTool. Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.