OSHA General Industry Digest, 2015


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OSHA General Industry Digest, 2015

The summary of General Industry safety and health standards contained in this booklet are to aid employers, supervisors, workers, health and safety committee members, and safety and health personnel in their efforts toward achieving compliance with OSHA standards in the workplace.

Although this digest does not contain a summary of all the General Industry safety and health standards, the ones presented here are the standards most frequently cited, and which cover particularly hazardous situations. The standards are grouped by subject matter, followed by the reference to the appropriate standard. With few exceptions, the standards in this digest are from Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1910.

ANSI American National Standards Institute
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
SDS Safety Data Sheets
ppb parts per billion
ppm parts per million
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PEL Permissible Exposure Limit SECAL Separate Engineering Control Air Limit
STEL Short-term Exposure Limit
TWA Time-weighted Average
TSD Treatment, Storage, and Disposal
VPP Voluntary Protection Programs

Injury and Illness Prevention Programs 10
Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards 13
General Industry Standards 14
General Duty Clause (Pub. Law 91-596 Section 5(a)(1)) 14
Fatality, Injury and Illness Information 14
Recording and Reporting Occupational Fatalities,
Injuries and Illnesses 14
Walking-Working Surfaces 15
Aisles and Passageways 15
Dockboards 15
Floors, General Conditions 16
Floor Loading Limit 16
Guarding Openings and Holes 16
Housekeeping 17
Fixed Ladders 17
Portable Ladders 18
Railings 19
Toeboards 19
Scaffolds 20
Skylights 20
Fixed Industrial Stairs 21
Means of Egress 21
Emergency Action Plans 21
Exits 22
Occupational Health and Environmental Controls 23
Nonionizing Radiation (Electromagnetic Radiation) 23
Noise Exposure 23
Local/Exhaust Ventilation 25
Sanitation 26
Change Rooms 26
Drinking Water 26
Eating and Drinking Areas 27
Showers 27
Toilets 27
Confined Spaces 28
Permit-Required Confined Spaces 28
Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) 29
Hazardous Materials 31
Compressed Gas Cylinders 31
Oxygen-fueled Gas 31
Acetylene 31
Compressed Gases 31
Hydrogen 31
Nitrous Oxide 32
Oxygen 32
Dip Tanks Containing Flammable or Combustible Liquid 32
Explosives and Blasting Agents 33
Flammable Liquids 33
Containers and Portable Tank Storage 34
Boilers 35
Pressure Vessels (Boilers) 35
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 36
Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals 38
Spray-Finishing Operations 40
Hazardous Agents 41
Air Contaminants 41
Asbestos 42
Bloodborne Pathogens 43
Benzene 45
1,3-Butadiene 46
Cadmium 48
Chromium (VI) 49
Ethylene Oxide 51
Formaldehyde 52
Lead 54



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