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OSHA recommends Outreach Training Program courses as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers covered by OSHA 29 CFR 1926. Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of the job. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach DOL course completion card within 6-8 weeks.

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29 CFR Part 1910 - General Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a branch of the United States Department of Labor and has the responsibility to ensure day-to-day workplace safety for millions of Americans. As a regulatory agency of the federal government, OSHA creates rules that have the weight of law wherever they apply. For most workplaces, the rules that apply are in 29 CFR 1910.

What is OSHA 29 CFR 1910?

For reference and enforcement, the rules created by all federal regulatory agencies are collected into a multi-part document called the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Within the CFR, regulations are organized by the governing department and the topic of the rules.

The rules from the Department of Labor, including OSHA’s regulations, are found in Title 29 (Labor) of the CFR. The most commonly-encountered OSHA rules are those that apply to “general industry,” or most workplaces in the United States, and these rules appear in Part 1910 of Title 29. This is where that mouthful of letters and numbers comes from: 29 CFR 1910 just means “Title 29 of the CFR, Part 1910.” This collection of regulations is often referred to as OSHA’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards.

While Part 1910 is the broadest collection of OSHA regulations, OSHA also has different sets of rules that apply to certain industries. Shipyards are covered in Part 1915, for example; construction is in Part 1926, and agriculture is in Part 1928.

What is Covered in 29 CFR 1910?

OSHA’s regulations in Part 1910 are divided into 20 subparts:

  • Subpart A - General (sections 1910.1-1910.9)
  • Subpart B - Adoption and Extension of Established Federal Standards (sections 1910.11-1910.19)
  • Subpart D - Walking and Working Surfaces (sections 1910.21-1910.30)
  • Subpart E - Exit Routes and Emergency Planning (sections 1910.33-1910.39)
  • Subpart F - Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms (sections 1910.66-1910.68)
  • Subpart G - Occupational Health and Environmental Control (sections 1910.94-1910.98)
  • Subpart H - Hazardous Materials (sections 1910.101-1910.126)
  • Subpart I - Personal Protective Equipment (sections 1910.132-1910.138)
  • Subpart J - General Environmental Controls (sections 1910.141-1910.147)
  • Subpart K - Medical and First Aid (sections 1910.151-1910.152)
  • Subpart L - Fire Protection (sections 1910.155-1910.165)
  • Subpart M - Compressed Gas and Compressed Air Equipment (sections 1910.166-1910.169)
  • Subpart N - Materials Handling and Storage (sections 1910.176-1910.184)
  • Subpart O - Machinery and Machine Guarding (sections 1910.211-1910.219)
  • Subpart P - Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Other Hand-Held Equipment (sections 1910.241-1910.244)
  • Subpart Q - Welding, Cutting, and Brazing (sections 1910.251-1910.255)
  • Subpart R - Special Industries (sections 1910.261-1910.272)
  • Subpart S - Electrical (sections 1910.301-1910.399)
  • Subpart T - Commercial Diving Operations (sections 1910.401-1910.440)
  • Subpart Z - Toxic and Hazardous Substances (sections 1910.1000-1910.1450)

Enforcement of 29 CFR 1910

OSHA enforces its regulations with workplace inspections and citations for failure to comply. However, the agency’s workforce can’t inspect eve

29 CFR Part 1926 - Contruction

Construction is a high hazard industry, with its unique situations and hazards, and employing more than six million workers, a separate set of OSHA standards provide safety and health regulations for construction workers. 29 CFR 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction was established under section 107 of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, and provides the standards for construction safety. There are 27 subparts in OSHA 1926:

  • OSHA 1926 Subpart A – General
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart B – General Interpretations
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart C – General Safety and Health Provisions
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart D – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart E – Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart F – Fire Protection and Prevention
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart G – Signs, Signal and Barricades
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart H – Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart I – Tools—Hand and Power
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart J – Welding and Cutting
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart K – Electrical
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart L – Scaffolds
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart M – Fall Protection
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart N – Helicopters, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart O – Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart P – Excavations
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart Q – Concrete and Masonry Construction
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart R – Steel Erection
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart S – Underground Construction, Caissons, Cofferdams, and Compressed Air
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart T – Demolition
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart U – Blasting and the Use of Explosives
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart V – Power Transmission and Distribution
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart W – Rollover Protective Structures; Overhead Protection
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart X – Ladders
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart Y – Commercial Diving Operations
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction

I’ll be providing a look at the first three of these subparts.

OSHA 1926 Subpart A - General

1926.1(a)

The scope and applicability of the safety and health standards of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act is found in this general section. Subpart A discusses variances, inspections, and rules or guidelines from the construction industry. Exploration of Right of Entry, by the Secretary of Labor—or their representative is included and other administrative adjudications for the enforcement of safety and health. The OSHA 1926 construction regulations and standards are published starting in Subpart C.

OSHA 1926 Subpart B

Subpart B of OSHA 1926 provides the general policy and interpretations of section 107 of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. It also defines some of the key terms and responsibilities.

This section summarizes general safety requirements. These requirements include:

  • “Laborers and mechanics” must be provided with working conditions and surroundings that are sanitary, not hazardous, and not dangerous.
  • Federal contracts over $10,000 that involve furnishing materials, supplies, articles or equipment, must include a statement that states: “no part of such contract will be performed nor will any of the materials, supplies, articles or equipment to be manufactured or furnished under said contract be manufactured or fabricated in any plants, factories, buildings, or surroundings or under working conditions which are unsanitary or hazardous or dangerous to the health and safety of employees engaged in the performance of said contract.”
  • Establishing that there are no gaps in the requirements for providing a sanitary and safe workplace. All construction employers must provide their employees with a sanitary and safe workplace.

This subpart also includes a minimum wage provision that requires those engaged in federal, or federally funded construction projects, be paid a minimum wage that is in accordance with the prevailing wages as determined by the Department of Labor.

OSHA 1926 Subpart C

OSHA 1926 Subpart C provides the basic requirements for a construction industry safety and health program. It can be read as an overview of general requirements surrounding several subparts to be discussed later. For instance, a review of excavations, stairways and ladders, discussed in detail in Subparts P and X would be part of Subpart C

OSHA 1926 Subpart C also contains the definitions of key terms used throughout the 1926 construction standard. For example, the definitions for terms such as competent person, qualified, approved, and suitable can be found section 32.

General health and safety requirements such as: first aid, fire protection, housekeeping, illumination, sanitation, and personal protective equipment are covered in sections 22 through 28.

The following is a list of all of the sections of Subpart C:

1926 Subpart C - General Safety and Health Provisions

  • 1926.20 - General safety and health provisions.
  • 1926.21 - Safety training and education.
  • 1926.22 - Recording and reporting of injuries.
  • 1926.23 - First aid and medical attention.
  • 1926.24 - Fire protection and prevention.
  • 1926.25 - Housekeeping.
  • 1926.26 - Illumination.
  • 1926.27 - Sanitation.
  • 1926.28 - Personal protective equipment.
  • 1926.29 - Acceptable certifications.
  • 1926.30 - Shipbuilding and ship repairing.
  • 1926.32 - Definitions.
  • 1926.33 - Access to employee exposure and medical records.
  • 1926.34 - Means of egress.
  • 1926.35 - Employee emergency action plans.

Construction Free Training

These Sample Written Programs are designed to help you create customized programs for your specific needs. Originally designed for OSHA employees, it is now available to the public for free.

Accident Prevention

Confined Spaces

With regard to confined spaces in construction, OSHA Standard 1926.21 (b)(6)(i) states: “All employees required to enter into confined or enclosed spaces shall be instructed as to the nature of the hazards involved, the necessary precautions to be taken, and in the use of protective and emergency equipment required”.

While OSHA standards do not required the construction industry to have a written program for confined spaces, we strongly recommend you develop one if needed, and use the OSHA General lndustry 29 CFR 1910.146 – Permit Required Confined Spaces standard as a guide for best practices. Links to information relating to the general industry standard are listed below:

Crane and Hoist Safety

Quick Cards summarize safety information. They can be printed, laminated, and distributed to employees as a reminder of what they need to know and do in order to keep themselves safe.

Ergonomics

Emergency Action/Fire Prevention

Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tagout)

Fall Protection

Hazard Communication

Hearing Conservation

Personal Protective Equipment

Powered Industrial Vehicles (Forklifts)

Recordkeeping

Respiratory Protection

Note: A copy of Appendix D must be given to people who wear respirators even though they aren’t required to by the OSHA Standard.

Trenching and Excavation

Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)

SHARPThe Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) is designed to provide incentives and support to employers to develop, implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs at their worksite. SHARP provides recognition for employers who demonstrate exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health. These companies are exempted from a general scheduled Federal OSHA inspection for one to two years.

How Can My Company Participate In SHARP?

To participate in SHARP, you must:

  • Request a consultation visit that involves a complete hazard identification survey;
  • Involve employees in the consultation process;
  • Correct all hazards identified by the consultant;
  • Implement and maintain a safety and health management system that, at a minimum, addresses OSHA’s 1989 Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines;
  • Lower your company’s Lost-Workday Injury and Illness rate (LWDII) and Total Recordable Case Rate (TRCR) below the national average; and
  • Agree to notify your state Consultation Project Office prior to making any changes in the working conditions or introducing new hazards into the workplace

For more information, visit the OSHA web page for SHARP programs.