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OSHA Regulations on Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:13:04 PM »
      An Indiana fire damage restoration technician writes:
      Jason, does OSHA regulate the fire and smoke damage restoration work?

      Although few  specific federal safety and health regulations related to fire and smoke damage restoration exist, there are regulations that are applicable to businesses that perform such work.  Employers (and their employees) are responsible for complying with these safety and health regulatory requirements.

      The two broad categories of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) standards that apply to this type of work are called Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1910 (General Industry Standard) and 1926 (Construction Industry Standard).  Restoration companies are required to comply with both of these standards, and, as such, shall establish all required safety and health plans within them and their local, state and provincial governmental authorities' regulations.

      Here are some examples of things include in these OSHA standards:
       - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
       - Respiratory Protection
       - Emergency Action & Fire Protection Plans
       - Heat/Cold Disorders and Health Effects
       - Bloodborne Pathogens
       - Hazard Communication
       - Lockout/Tagout
       - Fall Protection
       - Scaffolds and Ladders
       - Noise Exposure
       - Asbestos, Lead and Other Regulated Materials
       - Warning Signage
       - Training of Workers
       - Multi-employer Doctrine
       - Engineering & Administrative Controls
       - Competent Person Clause

      Additional to these two standards, OSHA, via its General Duty Clause, will enforce industry-based knowledge.  So, restoration companies want to keep up with the development of guidelines, standards and other documents as it pertains to the inspection, cleaning and restoration of such structures.

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