“Top 10” lists on late-night TV shows can be fun.  But with OSHA penalties as high as $13,260 per violation and up to $132,598 per violation for willful or repeated violations, this is a “Top 10” you want to avoid.

Here we go… OSHA Ten Most Frequent Citations from 2018

10.  1,536 violations:   Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)

Providing appropriate eye and/or face protection for employees exposed to flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation. There also needs to be proper storage for PPE and training in place for employees.

9. 1,972 violations:  Machine Guarding – General Requirement (1910.212)

Requires machines and machine areas to have guarding. These include point of operation guarding, secure anchoring of machinery, guarding of blades, and general location of a machine guard to protect employees from injury.

8. 1,982 violations:  Fall protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)

Training programs must be provided to employees who might be exposed to fall hazards along with written record of training. This includes training on guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, and other fall protections in place.

7.  2,294 violations:  Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

Requires safe operation of industrial trucks as well as refresher training and evaluations. Operators need to be certified, trained, and evaluated before operating industrial trucks and trucks in need of repair are taken out of service.

6.  2,812 violations:  Ladders (1926.1053)

Ladders should have side rails on upper landing surfaces and secured support. Defective ladders must be properly marked and withdrawn from service until repaired. Employees are prohibited from carrying any object that may cause them to lose balance and fall.

5.  2,994 violations:  Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

Safely de-energizing and re-energizing equipment when service or maintenance is performed. Requires energy control procedures, periodic inspections of those procedures, energy control programs, the use of LOTO procedures, and training of these procedures.

4.  3,118 violations:  Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

Requires a written respiratory protection program where respirators are necessary. The program must have worksite-specific procedures, medical evaluation of workers for fit testing, annual fit-testing for each type of respirator face piece used, as well as a general outline for respirator selection.

3.  3,336 violations:  Scaffolding – General Requirements (1926.451)

Requirement for fall protection on scaffolds and each platform on working levels must be fully planked or decked and guardrail systems must be put in place.

2.  4,552 violations:  Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

Having a written hazard communication standard. Additionally, facilities are responsible for conducting hazardous chemical training and meeting information requirements, labeling of hazardous chemical containers according to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and providing copies of safety data sheets (SDS) in the facility.

And finally… the Top OSHA Violation…

1.  7,270 violations:  Fall Protection (1926.501)

Fall protection often tops the list each year with the highest number of violations. The standard requires fall protection for walking or working platforms, roofing activities, residential construction, and protection from falling through holes.

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Information in this blog adopted from EHS Daily Advisor’s Environmental Health and Safety Guide