OSHA General 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 1910 for General Industry. Some Administrative standards (Parts 1903 and 1904) apply to General 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.


  • The OSHA training requirements listed on this website are only intended to provide users with a generic, non-exhaustive overview of the OSHA training requirements for specific standards-related topics. Most requirements for posting information, warning signs, labels, and the like are excluded from this information, as are most references to the qualifications of people assigned to test workplace conditions or equipment.
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  • Moreover, because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, the reader should consult administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the courts. This information is also available on the OSHA website (osha.gov).
  • Some states have implemented their own OSHA-approved state plan OSHA program with regulations affecting employee training that could differ from Federal OSHA’s, so consult your state regulations where applicable.
  • In the absence of applicable training requirements for a particular work activity, hazardous substance, tool or piece of equipment or machinery, employers are encouraged to refer to manufacturers’ recommendations for safety training, where available, as well as those listed in applicable voluntary consensus standards.
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General Industry Training Requirements  (click topic to view)

1910.21 - 30 -  Subpart D - Walking-Working Surfaces

1910.38 - Emergency Action Plans

1910.39 - Fire Prevention Plans

1910.66 - Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance

1910.95 – Occupational Noise Exposure

1910.106 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids

1910.109 - Explosive and Blasting Agents

1910.110 - Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases

1910.111 - Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia

1910.119 - Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals

1910.120 - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

1910.124 - General Requirements for Dipping and Coating Operations

1910.132 – Personal Protective Equipment

1910.134 – Respiratory Protection

1910.142 - Temporary Labor Camps

1910.145 - Specifications for Accident Prevention Signs and Tags

1910.146 – Permit Required Confined Spaces

1910.147 – The Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout-tagout)

1910.151 - Medical Services and First-Aid

1910.155 – 1910.165 – Fire Protection (includes portable fire extinguishers)

1910.177 - Servicing of Multi-Piece and Single-Piece Rim Wheels

1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks (forklift operator training)

1910.179 – Overhead and Gantry Cranes

1910.180 – Crawler, Locomotives and Truck Cranes

1910.181 – Derricks (material handling)

1910.183 – Helicopters (for material handling)

1910.184 – Slings (material handling)

1910.217 – Mechanical Power Presses

1910.218 – Forging Machines

1910.252 – 1910.255 – Welding, Cutting and Brazing

1910.261 - Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills

1910.262 – Textiles

1910.264 - Laundry Machinery and Operations

1910.265 – Sawmills

1910.266 – Logging Operations

1910.268 – Telecommunications

1910.269 - Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

1910.272 – Grain Handling Facilities

1910.332 – 1910.333 – Electrical Safety Related Work Practices

1910.410 – 1910.440 - Commercial Diving Operations

1910.1000 – Toxic and Hazardous Substances

1910.1001 – Asbestos

1910.1003 – 1910.1016 – Thirteen Carcinogens

1910.1017 – Vinyl Chloride

1910.1018 – Inorganic Arsenic

1910.1020 - Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records

1910.1025 – Lead

1910.1026 - Chromium (VI)

1910.1027 – Cadmium

1910.1028 – Benzene

1910.1029 - Coke Oven Emissions

1910.1030 – Bloodborne Pathogens

1910.1043 – Cotton Dust

1910.1044 - 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane

1910.1045 - Acrylonitrile (Vinyl Cyanide)

1910.1047 - Ethylene Oxide

1910.1048 – Formaldehyde

1910.1050 – Methylenedianiline

1910.1051 - 1,3-Butadiene

1910.1052 - Methylene Chloride

1910.1096 – Ionizing Radiation

1910.1200 – Hazard Communication

1910.1450 - Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories



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

1904.35 - Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements - Employee Involvement


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