What Is the Purpose of OSHA 29 CFR 1910?

The purpose of OSHA 29 CFR 1910, which stands for the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration’s Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910, is to set forth standards of workplace safety for the general industry sectors not categorized as construction, agriculture or maritime, explains OSHA.net. General industry includes most manufacturing, service industries, warehouses and health care fields.

OSHA standards are the workplace health and safety rules that most employers must follow, according to OSHA. These standards describe employers’ responsibilities for maintaining a hazard-free workplace and measures they must take to protect employees against injuries. The standards include requirements for employers to ensure employees have appropriate personal protective equipment, to prevent exposure to infectious diseases and toxic chemicals, to provide specific training and to put in place appropriate safety guards on certain equipment.

Part 1910 is divided into more than two dozen subparts, which provide guidelines for the physical environment of the workplace, such as flooring and exit paths, as well as for specific activities, such as using power tools and working in confined spaces, according to OSHA. The general industry standards also apply to the maritime, agriculture and construction industries unless a more specific rule for an identical hazard exists.