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Subchapter 18. Ship Building, Ship Repairing and Ship Breaking Safety Orders
Article 6. Precautions

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§8391. Housekeeping.

(a) Good housekeeping conditions shall be maintained. Adequate aisles and passageways shall be maintained in all work areas. All staging platforms, ramps, stairways, walkways, aisles, and passageways shall be kept reasonably clear of all tools, materials, and equipment except that which is in use, and of all debris such as welding rod tips, bolts, nuts, and similar material. Hose and electric conductors shall be elevated over or placed under the walkway or working surfaces or covered by adequate cross-over structures.

(b) All working areas on vessels and dry docks shall be kept reasonably free of debris, and construction material shall be so piled or stored as not to present a hazard to employees.

(c) Slippery conditions on walkways or working surfaces shall be eliminated as they occur. If it is not practicable for the employer to remove slippery conditions, the employer shall restrict employees to designated walkways and working surfaces where the employer has eliminated slippery conditions.

(d) The employer shall maintain easy and open access to each fire-alarm box, fire-call station, fire-fighting equipment, and each exit, including ladders, staircases, scaffolds, and gangways.

(e) All oils, paints, thinners, solvents, waste, rags, or other flammable or combustible substances shall be kept in fire-resistant covered containers when not in use.

Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment of subsection (a) filed 10-31-75; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 75, No. 44).

2. Amendment of subsection (a) filed 1-22-88; operative 2-21-88 (Register 88, No. 6).

3. Amendment filed 12-13-2011; operative 12-13-2011. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Labor Code section 142.3(a)(3) (Register 2011, No. 50).

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