The Code of Federal regulations, also referred to as CFR, is a compilation of mandatory laws that have been created by several federal regulatory agencies. An example of one of those regulatory agencies is OSHA, one of the most familiar organizations to all those involved in the workforce. Currently, there are a total of 50 titles in the Code of federal regulations that the federal registrar publishes for those agencies and executive departments. For example, all of OSHA’s regulations can be found in CFR 29 which is solely devoted to the U.S Department of Labor or there is the regulations for shipping hazardous materials in CFR 49.
How is the CFR organized?
Delving into how the Code of Federal regulations is organized is extensive. Each title is broken up into chapters which are then broken up into parts. There are 57 parts to CFR 29, as an example, that cover various subjects on recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, construction, agriculture, and state plans. Next, each part is broken up into subparts, these are usually noted by letters (A, B, C, D, etc.). For an example, Part 1905 of CFR 29 covers rules of practice, the subparts in this section go from A to E. In some cases, the parts are even longer going from A-Z as they do in Part 1910 (general industry). After the regulation is divided into subparts, those are then divided into sections. Each section uses a number identifier starting with 1 and can go all the way to 427 in the case of Part 1910. The division of information goes even further into major topic paragraphs, paragraph sub-sections, and additional sub-divisions. These last three are notated by numbers, roman numerals, and letters.
The way that the Code of Federal Regulations is set up makes it to where information is easily accessible to those who are in need if it. The CFR is an indispensable public resource for businesses who want to stay in compliance with the pertinent regulations. The codes exist to keep people safe and if those regulations are not followed there are consequences whether they be fines or injury due to improper work practices.
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