Occupational Safety & Health Administration
This page highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules
(background to final rules), directives (instructions for compliance officers),
standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards),
and other federal standards related to emergency preparedness and response.
Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty
Clause, requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and
a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing
or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and
health standards promulgated under this Act".
|Note: Twenty-four states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and
enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that
are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different
standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910.38, Emergency action plans
- 1910.120, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response
- 1910.120(q), Emergency response program to hazardous substance releases
Preambles to Final Rules
- Application of OSHA standards to escape
and protection of employees from threats associated with terrorist actions. (2004, May 24).
- Application of HAZWOPER (1910.120) to terrorist and weapons of mass destruction incident responses. (2003, November 24).
- Training and PPE requirements for hospital staff that decontaminate victims/patients. (2002, December 2).
- Respiratory protection requirements for hospital staff decontaminating
chemically contaminated patients. (2002, September 5).
to emergency in "normal work area" definition. (1993, June 22).
- Alarm systems for employee evacuation and/or response. (1992, December
requirements for employees in food storage facility where ammonia is used solely as a refrigerant. (1991, May 10).
for "incidental" spills cleaned up by maintenance personnel to satisfy the definition of "emergency response". (1990, July 31).
involving spills or releases of hazardous substances. (1991, June 17).
response and medical surveillance requirements of HAZWOPER. (1993, August 5).
corrected in response of Sept. 4, 1990 concerning fire hazard associated with TCE. (1991, June 5).
of the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard to Specific Operations. (1990, July 25).
of OSHA's final standard for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. (1989, July 28).
Application to Petroleum Product Spills or Releases Subject to State Codes. (1991, July 17).
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