The Occupational Safety and Health Administration annually compiles a list of its top 10 most frequently cited workplace standard violations. This list is a valuable look at the overall health and safety issues facing workplaces across America. It's also a good reminder for businesses and the safety specialists who work for them to look for potential issues inside their own facilities. We already covered Nos. 6-10 on the list in part one of this series, so let's review the top 5 most frequent safety violations:
Respiratory protection is within the top five of OSHA's list of most frequent standard violations.
Proper lockout/tagout procedure protects workers from serious issues caused by the unexpected energization or operation of potentially dangerous machinery. Despite its potential dangers, OSHA tracked 2,944 violations of this standard in the 2018 fiscal year, according to EHS Today.
Respiratory protection not only includes providing effective equipment to workers, but making sure it fits, training workers on proper use and providing medical evaluations. OSHA recorded 3,118 violations over the past fiscal year.
Working at heights always involves an element of danger, although the proper precautions can help manage and reduce that risk. OSHA found 3,336 violations of this standard in the 2018 fiscal year, according to Occupational Health & Safety.
Effective, compliant communication of hazards to employees is a foundational element of a safe, secure workplace. This standard covers a number of hazards which must be communicated to employees, which could help account for the 4,552 violations found by OSHA in the past year.
Keeping employees safe while working at heights has to be a priority for all businesses. This standard frequently places highly on OSHA's top 10 list and saw 7,720 violations cataloged in 2018.