OSHA Construction Industry Training Requirements

Many standards promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explicitly require the employer to train (or instruct, or communicate, or inform . . .) employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs. Other OSHA standards make it the employer's responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are "certified," "competent," or "qualified" - meaning that they have had special previous training, in or out of the workplace. Also, the term "designated" personnel means selected or assigned by the employer or the employer's representative as being qualified to perform specific duties.

The OSHA training requirements listed below have been excerpted from Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1926 for Construction. Some Administrative standards (Parts 1903 and 1904) and General Industry standards (Part 1910) apply to the Construction Industry as well (see list at bottom of this page).  Note that additional training requirements may appear in certain other consensus standards (ANSI, NFPA, etc.) incorporated by reference in the various parts of the OSHA CFR, and are therefore mandatory.


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Construction Industry Training Requirements  (click topic to view)

1926.20 – General Safety and Health Provisions

1926.21 – Safety Training and Education

1926.33 - Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records*

1926.35 – Employee Emergency Action Plans

1925.50 - Medical Services and First Aid

1926.53 – Ionizing Radiation

1926.54 – Non-ionizing Radiation

1926.55 - Gases, Vapors, Fumes, Dusts, and Mists

1926.59 – Hazard Communication*

1926.60 – Methylenedianiline

1926.62 – Lead

1926.64 – Process Safety Management

1926.65 – Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

1926.101 – Hearing Protection

1926.103 – Respiratory Protection*

1926.150 – Fire Protection

1926.201 – Signaling

1926.202 – Barricades

1926.302 - Powder-Operated Hand Tools

1926.304 – Woodworking Tools

1926.350 – 1926.354 - Welding and Cutting

1926.404 – Wiring Design and Protection

1926.451 - 1926.454 – Scaffolding

1926.500 - 1926.503 –  Fall Protection

1926.551 – Helicopters

1926.552 - Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators

1926.602 - Material Handling Equipment

1926.604 – Site Clearing

1926.650 – 1926.652 – Excavations

1926.700 - 1926.706 – Concrete and Masonry Construction

1926.750 - 1926.761 – Steel Erection

1926.800 - 1926.804 – Underground Construction, Caissons, Cofferdams, and Compressed Air

1926.850 - 1926.860 – Demolition

1926.900 - 1926.914 - Blasting and the Use of Explosives

1926.950 - 1926.960 - Power Transmission and Distribution

1926.1050 – 1926.1060 – Ladders (and Stairways)

1926.1071 – 1926.1091 - Commercial Diving Operations*

1926.1101 – Asbestos

1926.1103 – 1926.1016 - Thirteen Carcinogens*

1926.1117 - Vinyl Chloride*

1926.1118 - Inorganic Arsenic*

1926.1126 - Chromium (VI)

1926.1127 – Cadmium

1926.1128 – Benzene*

1926.1129 - Coke Oven Emissions*

1926.1144 - 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane*

1926.1145 – Acrylonitrile*

1926.1147 -  Ethylene Oxide*

1926.1148 – Formaldehyde*

1926.1152 - Methylene Chloride*

1926.1200 - 1926.1013 - Confined Spaces in Construction

1926.1400 – 1926.1442 - Cranes & Derricks in Construction

1926.1500 – 1926.1501 - Cranes and Derricks Used in Demolition and Underground Construction

* The OSHA Construction standards listed above that have been marked with an asterisk (*) are identical to those set forth in the General Industry standard with the same name in Part 1910.



1903.2 - Posting of Notice; Availability of the Act, Regulations and Applicable Standards

1904.35 - Injury and Illness Record-keeping Requirements - Employee Involvement



The following General Industry standards also apply to the Construction industry:

1910.179(l) - Operator Training for Powered Industrial Trucks (forklifts)

1910.1020 - Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records

1910.1030 - Bloodborne Pathogens

ADDITIONAL NOTE:  The OSHA Construction standards listed above that have been marked with an asterisk (*) are identical to those set forth in the General Industry standard with the same name in Part 1910.


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