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This booklet contains all the safety and health standards specific to the Shipyard Industry contained in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1915, as of July 1, 2014. Also included are brief discussions of the following:
1. The importance of regular employee training to establish and reinforce employee awareness in the areas of job safety and health.
2. The elements of a safety and health program that can be used by employers to develop effective programs at their worksites.
A brief description of the OSHA Consultation Program, which is available to assist employers, is also included at the end of this publication.
Hazards not covered by Shipyard Industry standards may be covered by General Industry standards contained in 29 CFR Part 1910 (OSHA website: www.osha.gov). Where a hazard is covered by both the Shipyard Industry standards and the General Industry standards, only the Shipyard Industry standard will be cited by OSHA inspectors (described in more detail in 29 CFR 1910.5, Applicability of Standards).
In addition, OSHA regulations regarding general agency practices and procedures are applicable to shipyard employment. Particular attention is directed to the provisions of 29 CFR Part 1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.
Employees of employers performing shipyard activities on the shore, pier, terminal, yard, shipyard, machine shop, riverbank, etc., as well as on the vessels afloat or in drydocks or graving docks are covered by the Shipyard standards.
The OSH Act of 1970 encourages states to develop and operate their own job safety and health plans. States administering occupational safety and health programs through plans approved OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 6 under Section 18(b) of the OSH Act must adopt standards and enforce requirements that are “at least as effective” as Federal OSHA requirements. There are currently 26 State Plan states: 22 cover the private and public sectors (state and local governments) and 4 cover the public sector only. For more information on state plans, see www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp.