A Sample of Selected Important OSHA Regulations
In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Health and Safety Act to "encourage employers and employees efforts to reduce the number of occupational safety and health hazards at their places of employment, and to stimulate employers and employees to institute new and to perfect existing programs for providing safe and healthful working conditions." (OSHA Act of 1970, Section 2 (b) (1)).
As part of that act, Congress established the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to enforce the worker safety regulations associated with this act. The Occupational Health and Safety Standards in the United States are defined in Title 29 of the Federal Regulations Part 1910.
OSHA Regulations form the framework for Manufacturing Safety within the United States:
Other sections deal with additional issues.
- Subpart O deals specifically with Machinery and Machine Guarding. It defines the general requirements for all machinery (1910.212), as well as specific requirements for certain types of machinery.
- Subpart I deals specifically with Personal Protective Equipment.
- Subpart J deals with General Environmental Controls, including Warning Signs, Permit-Required Confined Spaces, and Lockout / Tagout.
- Subpart S deals specifically with Electrical equipment and electrical hazards.