Every year OSHA releases the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards. Typically, the list remains the same from year to year.  For the year of 2017, a new standard joined the list; fall protection training requirements. Not only are this category of hazards being cited, but the training requirements surrounding the hazard is becoming more of an issue for businesses.

Why it matters?
Since these are the most-cited hazards, odds are good that if an OSHA inspector walked onto your job site today, he or she would find at least one of these violations. It is important to review this list and think about what corrections should be made to become compliant before an inspector shows up at your door, or worse, someone gets hurt.

The List

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176 violations
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877 violations
  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162 violations
  8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933 violations
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523 violations
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405 violations

Where to start?
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed looking at this list. Here is a great way to get started:

  1. Make a list of all the hazards your employees are faced with. Think about where people have been hurt in the past. Think about where people could get hurt in the future. Think about processes in your company that are risky or that are hazardous. Walk around the warehouse or a job site and look for other hazards may not be on this list.
  2. Once your list of hazards is created, start identifying what is currently being done to control each hazard. Is there an existing safety policy for the hazard? Is training being conducted concerning the hazard?  Are shops, warehouses, or jobsites being inspected and are corrections being made when a hazard is identified?
  3. Identify several action items and begin completing those items. Get others involved, if needed, and don’t forget to get approval from the boss, if you aren’t the one in charge. Keep a record of what has been accomplished and celebrate any victories.

In no time, you will be on your way to a safer workplace. If you run into any problems with this process, contact the Helpside Safety Director, Nick Baird at nbaird@helpside.com at to assist in identifying and controlling hazards.