OHSA Top Ten

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s top ten most cited violations for fiscal year 2015 are:

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements
Standard 1926.501
Total Violations= 7,402

This standard outlines where fall protection is required, which systems are appropriate for given situations, the proper constructions and installation of safety systems, and the proper supervision of employees to prevent falls. It is designed to protect employees on walking and working surfaces (horizontal or vertical) with an unprotected side or edge above six feet.

2. Hazard Communication
Standard 1910.1200
Total Violations = 5,681

This standard addresses chemical hazards, both those chemicals produced in the workplace and those imported into the workplace. It also governs the communication of those hazards to workers.

3. Scaffolding
Standard 1926.451
Total Violations = 4,681

This standard covers general safety requirements for scaffolding, which should be designed by a qualified person and constructed and loaded in accordance with that design. Employers are bound to protect construction workers from falls and falling objects while working on or near scaffolding at heights of ten feet or higher.

4. Respiratory Protection
Standard 1910.134
Total Violations = 3,626

This standard directs employers in establishing or maintaining a respiratory protection program. It lists requirements for program administration; worksite-specific procedures; respirator selection; employee training; fit testing; medical evaluation; respirator use; and respirator cleaning, maintenance, and repair.

5. Lockout/Tagout
Standard 1810.147
Total Violations = 3,308

This standard outlines the minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.

6. Powered Industrial Trucks
Standard 1910.178
Total Violations = 3,004

This standard covers the design, maintenance, and operation of powered industrial trucks, including forklifts and motorized hand trucks. It also covers operator training requirements.

7. Ladders
Standard 1926.1053
Total Violations = 2,732

This standard covers general requirements for all ladders.

8. Electrical – Wiring Methods
Standard 1910.305
Total Violations = 2,624

This standard covers the grounding of electrical equipment, wiring, and insulation. It includes temporary wiring and splicing, such as flexible cords and cables.

9. Machine Guarding
Standard 1910.212
Total Violations = 2,540

This standard covers guarding of machinery to protect operators and other employees from hazards, including those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks.

10. Electrical – General Requirements
Standard 1910.303
Total Violations = 2,181

This standard covers the general safety requirements for designing electrical systems.

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