Protect your employees and your business by complying with safety and health-related workplace practices, including compliance with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, Formaldehyde, and Hazardous Materials Standards. Within the Related Information section on the right, you'll find links to resources that relate specifically to OSHA, including articles, continuing education, consumer resources, sample legal documents and forms.

Updated Member Benefit! Learn how to comply with selected OSHA compliance standards for funeral homes and crematories and how to establish plans, policies, and programs for your firm! Download the NFDA Guide to Selected OSHA Standards for Funeral Homes & Crematories.

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Thirty-four percent of NFDA member funeral homes in the U.S. now also own and operate crematories per the latest NFDA member survey (March 2015). Another 10% of NFDA members intend to open crematories within the next 5 years. To provide NFDA members with the best compliance guidelines for their businesses – including both funeral home and crematory facilities– NFDA has expanded the online OSHA Guide to Selected Standards to include four additional standards that apply to crematory operations.

Fourteen standards are now covered in the online guide, plus other sections regarding the General Duty Clause, inspections, enforcement and contest, simplified proceedings, penalties, discrimination and whistleblower protection, and the General Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Plan (Nonmandatory); there are other additional resources as well. Chapters 9, Workplace Accident and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements, and 18, Respiratory Protection, have been expanded to include guidance specific to crematory operations.


Additional OSHA Standards related to Crematory Operations

Electrical (29 CFR 1910.303-305)
Permit Confined Spaces (29 CFR 1910.146)
Portable Fire Extinguishers (29 CFR 1910.157)
Walking Working Surfaces (29 CFR 1910.22)


Did you know that according to OSHA regulations, nearly every employer - including funeral homes - is required to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)? An EAP establishes the steps that employees should take to respond to an emergency in the workplace.

NFDA has developed a comprehensive template with accompanying instructions to help you create an EAP for your funeral home. Get started today:

Questions about OSHA compliance and your funeral home? If you are an NFDA member, contact the toll-free OSHA hotline exclusively for NFDA members.