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Field Sanitation Provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act


The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHAct) was enacted to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women. In 1987, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued regulations establishing minimum standards for field sanitation in covered agricultural settings. These standards required covered employers to provide toilets, potable drinking water, hand-washing facilities, and information regarding good hygiene practices.  For more general information on the OSHAct, please see Fact Sheet 51.

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