The 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

10 Most Cited OSHA Standards for 2021

1. Fall Protection — General Requirements: 5,295 violations

Falls and falling objects can result from unstable working surfaces, ladders that are not safely positioned and misuse of fall protection. Workers are also subject to falls or the danger of falling objects if sides and edges, floor holes, and wall openings are not protected. Your employees must be protected when working at a height of six feet or more. Review OSHA’s Duty to Have Fall Protection Standard

2. Respiratory Protection: 2,527 violations

In response to the pandemic, respiratory protection has become an emphasis for OSHA inspectors to prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19. Particles and contaminants, no matter how small, can cause short- and long-term health problems. Respirators protect employees from areas with insufficient oxygen, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays. These hazards can cause cancer, lung impairment, other diseases and even death. Review OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard.

3. Ladders: 2,026 violations

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that falls from ladders are one of the most common injuries suffered by American workers each year. Most of these incidents occur due to violations of basic ladder safety rules. Review OSHA’s Ladders Standard.

4. Scaffolding: 1,948 violations

The top risk for scaffolding is falls. To ensure the safe and proper use of scaffolding, establish safety procedures, including set up, training, usage and fall protection safety. Scaffolding not only presents risks to your employees but also the public who could be in close proximity. Review OSHA’s General Requirements Standard.

5. Hazard Communication: 1,947 violations

Although your employees may not regularly work with chemicals, maintaining a safe work environment includes using chemicals as they were intended. Proper hazard communication will allow employees to correctly identify chemicals, understand associated hazards and recognize safety precautions. Employers are required to provide employees with updated safety data sheets (SDS), training for labeling and current communication as new hazards are identified. Review OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.

6. Lockout/Tagout: 1,698 violations

It’s important to have machinery turned off when an employee is conducting maintenance as serious injury or death can occur if it is activated while part of their body is inside the machine. Controlling hazardous energy (lockout) ensures maintenance can be performed safely and the machine’s sources of energy are locked and unable to be started. Tagout refers to tagging a machine with communication and a warning to instruct employees not to use it. Review OSHA’s The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Standard.

7. Fall Protection — Training Requirements: 1,666 violations

As an employer, you are required to initiate and provide a fall-protection training program for any employee potentially exposed to a fall hazard. The program must allow employees to recognize falling hazards and provide them with specific procedures to minimize their risk. Review OSHA’s Training Requirements Standard.

8. Personal Protective & Life Saving Equipment — Eye & Face Protection: 1,452 violations

All employees are required to participate in a personal protective equipment (PPE) training program. Employers must receive written confirmation from each employee of their attendance and understanding of the training. You are also required to pay and provide for any OHSA-mandated PPE. This includes replacement of PPE after normal wear and tear. Review OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standard.

9. Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT): 1,420 violations

PIT vehicles include fork trucks, platform trucks, motorized hand trucks and other vehicles used for moving materials. If your business utilizes this type of equipment, employees should not operate it without proper training and authorization. Review OHSA’s Powered Industrial Trucks Standard.

10. Machine Guarding: 1,113 violations

Machine guards are made to protect employees who work with dangerous equipment. Employers are responsible for supplying machine guarding to protect the operator and employees around the machine area from hazards created by the machine’s operation, including nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. Review OSHA’s General Requirements for All Machines Standard.

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