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[Cover - Selected Construction Regulations for the Home Building Industry] Selected Construction
Regulations for the Home
Building Industry
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
ehso blue lightbarThis OSHA publication was developed to assist residential construction employers in providing safe and healthful workplaces. It contains Federal OSHA standards most applicable to this industry. The 23 states that operate OSHA-approved state plans have equivalent construction standards but also may have some different or additional requirements. For information on state requirements, please contact the specific state in question.

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(29 CFR 1926)



Subpart A - General

1926.1 - Purpose and scope
1926.2 - Variances from safety and health standards
1926.3 - Inspections - right of entry
1926.4 - Rules of practice for administrative adjudications for enforcement of safety and health standards

Subpart B - General Interpretations

1926.10 - Scope of subpart
1926.11 - Coverage under section 103 of the act distinguished
1926.13 - Interpretation of statutory terms
1926.14 - Federal contract for "mixed" types of performance
1926.15 - Relationship to the Service Contract Act; Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act
1926.16 - Rules of construction

Subpart C - General Safety and Health Provisions

1926.20 - General safety and health provisions
1926.21 - Safety training and education
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
1926.31 - Incorporation by reference
1926.32 - Definitions
1926.33 - Access to employee exposure and medical records
1926.34 - Means of egress

Subpart D - Occupational Health and Environmental Controls

1926.50 - Medical services and first aid
1926.51 - Sanitation
1926.52 - Occupational noise exposure
1926.54 - Nonionizing radiation
1926.55 - Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists
1926.55 - Appendix A - Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists
1926.56 - Illumination
1926.57 - Ventilation
1926.59 - Hazard communication
1926.62 - Lead

Subpart E - Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment

1926.95 - Criteria for personal protective equipment
1926.96 - Occupational foot protection
1926.100 - Head protection
1926.101 - Hearing protection
1926.102 - Eye and face protection
1926.103 - Respiratory protection
1926.104 - Safety belts, lifelines, and lanyards

Subpart F - Fire Protection and Prevention

1926.150 - Fire protection
1926.151 - Fire prevention
1926.152 - Flammable and combustible liquids
1926.153 - Liquefied petroleum gas (LP-Gas)
1926.154 - Temporary heating devices
1926.155 - Definitions applicable to this subpart

Subpart G - Signs, Signals, and Barricades

1926.200 - Accident prevention signs and tags
1926.203 - Definitions applicable to this subpart

Subpart H - Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal

1926.251 - Rigging equipment for material handling
1926.252 - Disposal of waste materials

Subpart I - Tools - Hand and Power

1926.300 - General requirements
1926.301 - Hand tools
1926.302 - Power-operated hand tools
1926.304 - Woodworking tools

Subpart J - Welding and Cutting

1926.350 - Gas welding and cutting
1926.352 - Fire prevention

Subpart K - Electrical

1926.400 - Electrical - General
1926.402 - Applicability
1926.403 - General requirements
1926.404 - Wiring design and protection
1926.405 - Wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use
1926.416 - General requirements
1926.417 - Lockout and tagging of circuits
1926.432 - Environmental deterioration of equipment
1926.449 - Definitions applicable to this subpart

Subpart L - Scaffolds

1926.450 - Scope, application and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.451 - General requirements
1926.452 - Additional requirements applicable to specific types of scaffolds
1926.454 - Training requirements
Subpart L Appendix A - Scaffold Specifications
Subpart L Appendix C - List of National Consensus Standards
Subpart L Appendix D - List of Training Topics for Scaffold Erectors and Dismantlers

Subpart M - Fall Protection

1926.500 - Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.501 - Duty to have fall protection
1926.502 - Fall protection systems criteria and practices
1926.503 - Training requirements
Subpart M Appendix A - Determining Roof Widths - Non-mandatory Guidelines for Complying with 1926.501(b)(10)
Subpart M Appendix B - Guardrail Systems - Non-Mandatory Guidelines for Complying with 1926.502(b)
Subpart M Appendix C - Personal Fall Arrest Systems - Non-Mandatory Guidelines for Complying with 1926.502(d)
Subpart M Appendix D - Positioning Device Systems - Non-Mandatory Guidelines for Complying with 1926.502(e)
Subpart M Appendix E - Sample Fall Protection Plan - Non-Mandatory Guidelines for Complying with 1926.502(k)

Subpart N - Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

1926.550 - Cranes and derricks

Subpart O - Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations

1926.601 - Motor vehicles
1926.602 - Material handling equipment
1926.604 - Mechanized equipment, and marine operation

Subpart P - Excavations

1926.650 - Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.651 - Specific excavation requirements
1926.652 - Requirements for protective systems
Subpart P Appendix A - Soil Classification
Subpart P Appendix B - Sloping and Benching

Subpart Q - Concrete and Masonry Construction

1926.700 - Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.701 - General requirements
1926.702 - Requirements for equipment and tools
1926.703 - Requirements for cast-in-place concrete
1926.706 - Requirements for masonry construction

Subpart T - Demolition

1926.850 - Preparatory operations

Subpart W - Rollover Protective Structures; Overhead Protection

1926.1000 - Rollover protective structures (ROPS) for material handling equipment

Subpart X - Stairways and Ladders

1926.1050 - Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.1051 - General requirements
1926.1052 - Stairways
1926.1053 - Ladders
1926.1060 - Training requirements

Subpart Z - Toxic and Hazardous Substances

1926.1101 - Asbestos
1926.1148 - Formaldehyde
1926.1152 - Methylene chloride


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published this document to assist residential construction employers and employees in providing safe and healthful workplaces. This publication identifies OSHA standards applicable to the hazards most commonly found at work sites in the residential construction industry and those most likely to have a significant positive impact on the safety and health practices of contractors within this industry.

This publication does not itself alter or determine compliance responsibilities as contained in OSHA standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Consequently, OSHA notes that other standards not included in this document remain applicable to the residential construction industry and abatement actions must be implemented by the contractor.

For the complete text of all OSHA standards for the construction industry, please see Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1926. The CFR is sold by and available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, (202)512-1800 (phone), or (202)512-2250 (fax). All OSHA regulations are also available online here.

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