General industry applies to virtually all occupations in any industry. For example, healthcare, restaurants and machine shops as well as plumbers and landscapers all fall under the general industry category. Therefore, all these businesses, no matter the size, are subject to specific standards for workplace safety in general industry.
Keep in mind general industry standards may be the same or similar to those in a specific area, such as construction.For example, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hazard Communication standards apply to both. Be sure to check the standards for each particular industry.
Four key risk areas within general industry are Caught-in-Between/Struck-by Hazards, Falls to the Same Level, Materials Handling, and Workplace Violence.