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OSHA’s Top Ten Most-Cited Standards for 2018

It is the end of October. This is the signal for many exciting things. First, autumn is well under way; no more temperatures in the high 90’s. Second, pumpkin spice everything is available. My personal favorite though is plain old pumpkin pie. Finally, OSHA publishes their list of top ten most-cited standards for the previous fiscal year. This is always announced at the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo. The timing fits with OSHA’s fiscal year that runs from October 1 through September 30. So, without further delay….

Most-Cited OSHA Standards for Fiscal Year 2018

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: Standard 1926.501 with 7,720 violations
  2. Hazard Communications: Standard 1910.1200 with 4,552 violations
  3. Scaffolds/Scaffolding: Standard 1926.451 with 3,336 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection: Standard 1910.134 with 3,118 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout: Standard 1910.147 with 2,944 violations
  6. Ladders: Standard 1926.1053 with 2,812 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks: Standard 1910.178 with 2,294 violations
  8. Fall Protection: Training requirements: Standard 1926.503 with 1,982 violations
  9. Machine Guarding: Standard 1910.212 with 1,972 violations
  10. Personal Protective Equipment and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection: Standard 1926.102 with 1,536 violations

Here are some things I notice about this year’s list.  First of all, the top five are the exact same ones and in the exact same order as last year, and all the way back to fiscal year 2014. The next four on the list are the same as well. The only difference is the order of them going back through Continue Reading…

OSHA Update
10 Commonly Cited Safety Violations and How to Avoid Them

Without proper protocol, injuries such as shock, falling, and burns are common injuries workers can be subjected to at the workplace. Employees who suffer from worked-related injuries and the companies they work for are at risk with the backlash of medical bills and lawsuits, not to mention long-term health concerns. Accidents do happen, but most of them are avoidable and you can lower the risk of serious injury by shoring up your safety protocols.

Employees can injure themselves in all sorts of manners, but by sticking to safety protocols that help companies avoid OSHA violations, you can protect your employees and your business from unnecessary hazards. All it takes is a few small measures and some training to have your business operations running efficiently and safely.

Here is a list of the most cited safety standards by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Electrical, wiring methods
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Lockout/Tagout
  9. Electrical, general requirements
  10. Machine Guarding

OSHA recorded fall protection as the number one cited standard, and it has remained so along with the other top four in their listed order for quite some time. In fact, the top ten hasn’t changed since 2011. Despite the consistency of the top ten rankings, the number of citations has grown exponentially over the past few years. For instance, the tenth ranked citation, Machine Continue Reading…

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According to OSHA the Most Frequently Cited Standards


The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards in fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Machines, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

The following are the standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties in fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety Continue Reading…