General Information

Frequently Asked Questions
About OSHA

What is OSHA?

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OSHA is an acronym for "Occupational Safety and Health Administration" which is a sub-division of the United States Department of Labor.

The web address for the this agency is:  www.osha.gov

Why do I need to know about OSHA?

Many exam administrators (PSI, Prometric, ICC, ProV) write questions based on federal statutes called the "Code of Federal Regulations" or "CFR".

The following three titles shown here are the sections of the federal code (Title 29) that relate to the construction industry:

  • PART 1904 -- Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
  • PART 1910 -- Occupational Safety and Health Standards
  • PART 1926 -- Safety and Health Regulations for Construction

What version of the code should I be using?

That depends on your jurisdiction (state, county or city).  Generally speaking, if your jurisdiction is using PSI as an exam administrator, you will be using the 2014 version.

Hawaii and Louisiana

Please note, if you're taking an exam for the states of Hawaii or Louisiana, most of their exam bulletins are seriously out-of-date and it's hard to tell what versions of OSHA are being used to write exam questions. It's a good idea to call the the state licensing board for those states and ask what OSHA code version they are using to write questions.

Is there a construction industry-specific book that helps you find answers to questions in an exam?

You're in luck there because a free version of a 72 page pamphlet published by the US Department of Labor titled "OSHA Construction Industry Digest" and is available from the link below:

OSHA Construction Industry Digest

This pamphlet has broken out some of the construction industry code sections you will need for your exam. If you're taking a PSI exam, this will not work for you because they are selling their own version of this pamphlet and will confiscate this at the door if you take a printed copy with you.

What is the best way to get a printed copy of this pamphlet?

The quickest way to to put the file on a USB stick and take to a place that will print it double sided. Print the document in black and white. If you print in color, it will cost you a fortune (72 x 0.35 = $25.20). The pamphlet is available from the GPO for $2.25.

If you live near any of the regional offices listed in the pamphlet (starting on page 66), you might be able to buy the pamphlet at their office.

Are there more free OSHA publications that might help me in an exam?

We found a web site (EasySafetySchool.com) that is hosting several free OSHA publications. Some of the files that are downloadable from their site are not the latest versions. If you want the latest versions of these pamphlets, you'll have to go to the Department of Labor site and start digging. Here is a link to EZ Safety School's download page:

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