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Construction Industry

All standards are on the OSHA website unless otherwise noted.

The Construction Industry Standards are contained in 29 CFR 1926. In addition, certain General Industry Standards contained in 29 CFR 1910 may also apply. These standards can be purchased by calling the Education, Training and Technical Assistance Bureau at 919-807-2875. Also, the standards can be viewed on the OSHA website:

Construction Industry Standards, 29 CFR 1926 - main index on OSHA website

General Industry Standards, 29 CFR 1910 - main index on OSHA website

For information about state-specific standards and federal standards currently being reviewed by NCDOL see:
OSH Division standards page

Operating Documents

Information about how the OSH Division enforces standards can be found in many places. The following operating documents may be useful. Please review the titles on each index page for specific subjects.

Compliance (CPL) Directives - a CPL is a federal operating procedure used by the OSH Division which relates to enforcement of a particular standard.

Field Operations Manual (FOM) - the FOM contains permanent OSH Division operating procedures.

Operational Procedure Notices (OPN) - An OPN is an OSH Division operating procedure which may clarify or replace a federal operating procedure. These include special emphasis programs and temporary operating procedures, many of which are specific to inspection activities or hazards in the construction industry.

Standards Notices (SN) - an SN is an OSH Division standards interpretation.

Subject Index Pages

The following specific subject index pages related to construction have already been created. Additional topics will continue to be added. Please view our Subject Index page for additional topics.

Bloodborne Pathogens
Confined Spaces
Excavation and Trenching
Fall Protection
Heat Stress
Personal Protection Equipment
Respiratory Protection

NCDOL Services

Compliance Bureau

File a work-related safety or health complaint/request an inspection
Report an OSH work-related accident (fatality or catastrophe)

Consultative Services Bureau

Request a free Consultative visit

Education, Training and Technical Assistance Bureau

Carolina Star Programs (including Building Star)
Library - to review training videos or other publications
Safety Awards Programs
Training and Outreach Services

The following headings/documents can be viewed on the publications page or are directly linked to the appropriate page. Many titles related to construction are available.

Example Written Programs/Checklists
Fact Sheets
Fatality Fact Sheets
Industry Guides
Industry/Hazard Alerts
Labor Ledger (includes Deadly Mistakes)
Quick Cards

Training Resources
Construction Industry Training Presentations, NCDOL
Construction Related Videos, NCDOL library (see construction related titles under video and DVD database.)
Labor One Mobile Training Unit, Education, Training and Technical Assistance Bureau
Training Calendar, Education, Training and Technical Assistance Bureau
Training Newsletter - sign up to receive the monthly training newsletter by e-mail.
Other Agency Resources
Construction eTool, OSHA website
Construction Subject Index, OSHA website
Construction Subject Index, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health website

Ask a Question
If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard/subject, please e-mail: or call 1-800-NCLABOR.
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