OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations


OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations, fiscal year 2016

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements

This standard outlines where fall protection is required, which systems are appropriate for given situations, the proper construction and installation of safety systems, and proper supervision of employees prevent falls. It is designed to protect employees on walking/working surfaces (horizontal or vertical) with an unprotected side or edge above 6 feet.

2. Hazard Communication

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

This standard covers general safety requirements for scaffolding, which should be designed by a qualified person and constructed and loaded in accordance to design.

4. Respiratory Protection

This standard directs employers in establishing or maintaining a respiratory protection program.

5. Lockout/Tagout

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

6. Powered Industrial Trucks

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

7. Ladders

This standard covers general requirements for all ladders.

8. Machine Guarding

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.

9. Electrical – Wiring Methods

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

10. Electrical – General Requirements

This standard covers general safety requirements for designing electrical systems.

Provided by: Safety + Health Magazine © 2016


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