2019 Top Ten OSHA Violations

By November 6, 2019 August 18th, 2021 Regulations, Safety, OSHA HazCom, Training, General, Uncategorized

Top Ten lists are often the topic of very enjoyable discussions. Whether its movies, music, sports teams, or restaurants. However some top ten lists aren’t based on entertainment value and taste, some are based on more serious topics. As the year comes to a close, the National Safety Council and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the 2019 fiscal year.

Once again, Fall Protection – General Requirements is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard in the most cited violations of 2019. This makes nine years in a row that Fall Protections has topped this list. Although there is some good news with that as the number of citations for fall protection was 7,720 last year and dropped down to 6,010 for the 2019 fiscal year. The rest of the preliminary list of OSHA’s Top 10 violations for the fiscal year 2019 also remained mostly the same from last year, with only one minor change. Lockout/Tagout, which was ranked No. 5 in 2018, is now No. 4, switching places with Respiratory Protection. Below is the 2019 most cited violations per OSHA.

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,010 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,671
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,813
  4. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,606
  5. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,450
  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,345
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,093
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,773
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,743
  10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,411

Although the top ten may fluctuate slightly on a year to year basis, it is alarming that practically the same ten violations and almost the same amount of violations are appearing over and over again. This could be because a variety of factors, but simply knowing and understanding the OSHA regulations could help reduce future incidents and violations. By identifying potential hazards, reviewing safety procedures with employees, and proper recordkeeping you can create a safer environment that keeps your employees at work by reducing the chances of accidents and health problems. Having a safe workplace can not only prevent injury/death and reduce violations, but it can also boost productivity and increase morale among employees. When employees are happy they are more productive and therefore can increase your company’s profitability. This is where ICC Compliance Center can help. We offer various OSHA trainings that can help your business understand the requirements for emergency planning in the workplace. In addition, we can also create custom signage, labels, and tags as well as review your OSHA labels and SDS documents. As your global hazmat solutions provider, we are only a phone call away. 

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Michael Zendano

Michael Zendano

Michael Zendano started with ICC Compliance Center back in 2016 with several years in the packaging field as a Quality Control Manager. In addition, he has 8 years experience in teaching. Michael works at the Niagara Falls Office as the Regulatory Packaging Expert where he manages packaging projects and procedures and is a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) and The Chemical Packaging Committee (CPC) . Degrees: M.S. Science of Education.

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