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| Standard Number:||1926.51(f)(1); 1928.110|
|OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.|
(f) Washing facilities. (1) The employer shall provide adequate washing facilities for employees engaged in the application of paints, coating, herbicides, or insecticides, or in other operations where contaminants may be harmful to the employees. Such facilities shall be in near proximity to the worksite and shall be so equipped as to enable employees to remove such substances.First, it is unclear from your letter whether the employees in the scenario you have in mind are engaged in the application of paints, coating, herbicides, or insecticides, or in other operations where contaminants may be harmful to the employees. Note that the requirements of this provision only apply where the employees are engaged in such activities.1
On the basis of all evidence in the record, OSHA has decided to require handwashing facilities, as proposed. The Agency believes the evidence from health professionals is conclusive. The use of soap and water effectively reduces multiple hazards, while the use of soap-and-water substitutes could increase them.6 Although §1928.110 is not applicable to your scenario, the rulemaking record for that standard indicates that "washing facilities" that are needed to remove paints, coating, herbicides, insecticides, or other contaminants that may be harmful to construction employees would not be "adequate" unless they included soap and potable water.
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