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OSHA’s Most Cited Standards

OSHA LogoEvery year OSHA publishes their top 10 list of cited standards. According to OSHA they, “publish this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so the employers can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up”.

Here are the 10 most frequently cited standards in fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010):

  • 1926.501 – Fall Protection
  • 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication
  • 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection
  • 1926.1053 – Ladders
  • 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout
  • 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods
  • 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks
  • 1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements
  • 1910.212 – Machine Guarding

In addition you can visit OSHA’s Frequently Cited Standards site, where you can generate a report on the most frequently cited federal or state OSHA standards by your SIC code and the number of employees in your establishment.

These tools can help you to prioritize and identify the risks at your facility as well as whether the appropriate rules and procedures are in place and adhered to. It is one thing to have the procedures in place, but if the employees are not following guidelines you are at risk of citation, not to mention an injury.

Unplanned, unannounced observations are a great way to allow a clearer view of employee behaviors. If you determine that appropriate procedures are in place and that employee behavior mirrors those procedures, you have taken a great step towards protecting your facility from injury as well as OSHA citation.

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