Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspects thousands of workplaces and issues citations to those facilities that violate safety standards. OSHA reveals its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently violated standards annually at the NSC Congress & Expo in an effort 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 2019 at the National Safety Council Expo in San Diego. The amount of OSHA investigated violations vary each year. In response, safety officials said the list is a reminder of the work that still needs to be done to educate workplaces and workers.
“Far too many preventable injuries and deaths occur on the job,” said Lorraine M. Martin, NSC president and CEO. “The OSHA Top 10 list is a helpful guide for understanding just how adept America’s businesses are in complying with the basic rules of workplace safety. This list should serve as a challenge for us to do better as a nation and expect more from employers. It should also serve as a catalyst for individual employees to re-commit to safety.”
Here is the list for 2019 as per NSC:
- Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501), with 6,010 violations
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200), with 3,671 violations
- Scaffolding (1926.451), with 2,813 violations
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147), with 2,606 violations
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134), with 2,450 violations
- Ladders (1926.1053), with 2,345 violations
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178), with 2,093 violations
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503), with 1,773 violations
- Machine Guarding (1910.212), with 1,743 violations
- Eye and Face Protection (1926.102), with 1,411 violations
While fall protection general requirements remained at No. 1, lockout/tagout moved from No. 5 to No. 4 (while respiratory protection moved down to 5). New to the list last year, and remaining at No. 10 this year, were eye and face protection violations.
“Look at your own workplace and see where you can find solutions,” Kapust said during his presentation of the list. “These are common violations. They’ve been around for a while. The answers are out there.”
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.