Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards
October 30, 2019
Each year, the OSHA reports its top 10 leading causes of workplace injuries to help businesses identify common pain points. Read below for details on the most cited OSHA standards so you can see how to reduce risks in your workplace.
1. Fall Protection - Falls from ladders and roofs account for most injuries at work for the second year in a row. Your first step for improving safety in the workplace should be to identify fall hazards and find the best way to protect workers. Some examples include guard rails, safety nets, and personal fall protection systems along with proper training.
2. Hazard Communication - The failure to develop or maintain proper information on hazardous chemicals in order to ensure employee safety is a common concern for many businesses.
3. Scaffolding - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most scaffolding accidents come from the structure's support giving way, employees losing their footing, and falling objects. Protect against these dangers by strictly following OSHA standards.
4. Respiratory Protection - Proper respiratory protection can protect employees from a variety of hazards, including oxygen-deficient environments, harmful dust, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. It's critical that employers establish a protection program because these hazards can cause cancer, lung impairment, and even death.
5. Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) - LOTO refers to practices and procedures to prevent machinery or equipment from starting unexpectedly and causing an injury. Employees who service mechanical or electrical equipment face the greatest risk of injury, which causes an average of 24 workdays for recovery.
6. Ladders - These violations usually occur when ladders are used outside of the manufacturers' recommendation; such as when the top level is used as a step, when it's not on a stable surface, or when defective ladders aren't taken out of service. These can mostly be prevented with improved training and regards for safe ladder practices.
7. Powered Industrial Trucks - Powered industrial trucks (such as forklifts) cause tens of thousands of injuries each year. Injury occurs when trucks are driven off of loading docks or when trucks fall between docks and unsecured trailers. Most of these incidents involve costly property damage, so be sure to train your employees continuously.
8. Fall Protection Training Requirements - Training employees to identify potential hazards and follow procedures in order to minimize the chance of a fall is essential because falls carry such a serious risk in the workplace. Verify that your employees completed training by keeping written certification records.
9. Machine Guarding - When exposed, moving machine parts have the potential to cause serious workplace injuries, such as amputations, burns, blindness, and crushed hands or fingers. Substantially reduce the chance of injury by installing and maintaining proper machine guards.
10. Eye and Face Protection - Eye injuries cost employers an estimated $300 million every year in lost production time, medical expenses, and workers' compensation. Keep your employees safe by providing them with proper eye protection.
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