Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspects thousands of workplaces and issues citations to those facilities that violate safety standards. OSHA publishes its list of the top 10 most frequently violated standards to help prevent unnecessary worker injuries and illnesses in the future. This list is also meant to alert employers about these standard violations and encourage them take steps to address these hazards in their own workplaces.
This week, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, made his presentation on OSHA's Top 10 most-cited list for 2018 at the National Safety Council Expo in Houston. “Typically, we don't see changes (in this list) throughout the years,” he said, according to the NSC. “I encourage employers to look at this. These are frequently cited violations. It's what employers should look at in their workplaces." Kapust told the NSC crowd that half of all violations OSHA investigated in fiscal year 2018 were among the Top 10 violations, which made for a total of 31,816 violations. Here is the list for 2018:
- Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501), with 7,270 violations
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200), with 4,552 violations
- Scaffolding (1926.451), with 3,336 violations
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134), with 3,118 violations
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147), with 2,944 violations
- Ladders (1926.1053), with 2,812 violations
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178), with 2,294 violations
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503), with 1,982 violations
- Machine Guarding (1910.212), with 1,972 violations
- Eye and Face Protection (1926.102), with 1,536 violations
While machine guarding moved from 8th to 9th this year, all the top 10 violations for 2018 saw an increase over 2017. At 10th and new to the list this year, eye and face personal protection equipment violations replaces last year’s No. 10 of electrical wiring violations.
OSHA inspects workplaces routinely to ensure employers follow regulations and provide a safe workplace. Workplaces can easily follow OSHA requirements for safety signs & labels. The benefits of compliance include saving money, ensuring a safe workplace and boosting overall employee morale. Employers can address compliance issues by utilizing workplace safety and education tools that help businesses properly communicate hazards, risks, and warnings.