Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA Standards
March 9, 2015
As the main federal agency enforcing safety and health legislations across the USA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) see many commonalities when it comes to legislations being cited.
Below are the top 10 most frequently cited standards following an inspection. Through understanding where your company is at fault and where your peers fall down, you can find solutions quickly and efficiently.
1 Fall Protection
The citation Fall Protection (1926.501) had 8,241 violations. This citation aims to protect workers from potentially hazardous working surfaces, leading edges, holes or from falling objects. This protects those working at height and at ground level.
2 Hazard Communication
The second highest cited legislation covered Hazard Communication (1910.1200) with 6,156 violations. This concerns the classification of chemicals and biological hazards in particular the classification and communication of hazards through container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets and employee training.
Legislation scaffolding (1926.451) has 5,423 violations. This runs through the capacity each scaffold should be supporting in relation to the load intended to be used. This also covers connecting ropes and hardware and any platforms attached. This also covers, as mentioned before, fall protection, to protect those working on scaffolding at height and those beneath the scaffolding.
4 Respiratory Protection
Respiratory Protection (1910.134) has 3,879 violations and concerns the prevention of workplace related diseases. This includes details on specific wording, requirements of employers and medical evaluations. This also highlights the proper legislations regarding the fitting and the use of respirators.
5 Electrical , Wiring Methods
Electrical, Wiring Methods legislation (1910.305) with 3,452 violations. This concerns the Metal raceways, cable trays, cable armor, cable sheath, enclosures, frames, fittings, and other metal noncurrent-carrying parts that are to serve as grounding conductors, with or without the use of supplementary equipment grounding conductors. It also takes into account temporary wiring, cable trays and switchboards.
6 Powered Industrial Trucks
The Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) legislation has 3,340 violations. This covers the safety requirements relating to fire protection, design, maintenance, and use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.
The legislation Ladders (1926.1053) with 3,311 violations covers the requirements of all job made ladders, including what they shall be capable of supporting and the maintenance of such ladders
The Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) legislation has 3,254 violations. This concerns the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the start up of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, could harm employees. This standard establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of such hazardous energy.
9 Electrical, General Requirements
With 2,745 violations Electrical, General Requirements (1910.303) falls second to last on the table of most cited legislations. This covers the examination, installation, and use of electrical equipment. This aims to protect the worker through recognizing that electrical equipment is free from hazards throughout its lifespan.
10 Machine Guarding
Lastly the legislation Machine Guarding (1910.212) has 2,701 violations. This covers the general safety requirements for all machines to protect the operator and other employees. Guards must provide protection while not causing a hazard in itself.
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