On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding. The only new addition to last year’s list was Fall Protection – Training Requirements, which came in at ninth place. OSHA publicizes the Top 10 list to increase awareness of these standards so employers can take steps to find and fix the hazards.
It isn’t enough to simply be aware of OSHA safety standards—you also need to ensure that your employees are trained and ready to adhere to OSHA requirements. Conservation United can provide your company with customized training packets, each of which includes a presentation, employee handouts and quizzes, and a meeting sign-in log.
The full list:
Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176
Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288
Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097
Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877
Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241
Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162
Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933
Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523
Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405
“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a Sept. 26 press release. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”