OSHA Basics: Special Industry Regulations (Subpart R)

Here’s another article in our OSHA Basics series.

In this one, we’re going to explain what OSHA’s Special Industry Regulations are and let you know where you can find them.

Read on to learn more.

The “Special Industry Standards in OSHA’s 1910 Subpart R

OSHA has what are known as horizontal standards and vertical standards.

A horizontal standard is one that applies to employers in many different industries. For example, OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard is a horizontal standard.

On the other hand, a vertical standard is one that applies to employers within a specific industry. The Special Industries regulations in OSHA’s 1910 Subpart R are examples of vertical standards because they apply to employers in the specific industries listed in Subpart R.

Although OSHA’s construction industry standards (1926) are not in the 1910 Subpart R section, they are another example of a vertical standard.

Industries Covered by the 1910 Subpart R Standards

The special industries covered in Subpart R are:

Click any link above to read the OSHA special industry regulation for those industries.

Conclusion: The Special Industry Standards in OSHA’s 1910 Subpart R

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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