Cal/OSHA Releases Safety Pocket Guide for Construction Industry


Oakland, CA —The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and Cal/OSHA have announced the release of their free Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry.

This publication allows workers, employers and supervisors to quickly reference key safety requirements detailed in clear, concise terms.

Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum said in a statement, “this guide is our most requested Cal/OSHA publication.”  He added, “it is indexed to help employers and employees easily find the latest safety requirements on many topics related to construction, such as airborne contaminants, blasting, fall protection, heavy equipment, and multi-employer worksites.”

The Guide summarizes safety requirements from T8 CCR that apply to the construction industry.

It is not meant to be either a substitute for or a legal interpretation of the occupational safety and health regulations in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (see T8 CCR for detailed information).

It lists the major subject headings in alphabetical order in the Table of Contents and each subject heading is linked to its content, and provides highlights of selected safety standards in each major subject heading within its scope and may also include best practices in safety and health.

Included in the new edition are regulatory updates in subjects that include (but are not limited to): • Structure erection and construction – section 1710 • Forklifts – section 3650 • Hazard communication – section 5194 • Heat illness prevention – section 3395 • Lockout/blockout procedures – section 3314 • Personal protective equipment –sections 1514, 3380, 3384.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California.

Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers and employee organizations to improve their health and safety programs.

Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services.