US Compliance - OSHAS Most Frequently Cited Violations

OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Violations

The 10 most frequently cited standards across the country have been published by OSHA. Preventable injuries lead these violations from the 2018 fiscal year.

OSHA’s regular worksite inspections throughout the 2018 fiscal year (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) yielded the ten standards most often cited.

  1. Duty to Have Fall Protection (Standard 1926.501)

The OSHA standard for fall protection requires employers to protect employees from sides and edges, steep roofs, excavations, etc. that pose the risk of falling. Lack of proper fall protection is the most common violation of worksites across the country.

  1. Hazard Communication (Standard 1910.1200)

Disseminating information to employees regarding classified hazardous substances is an OSHA requirement. This includes posting on-site chemical exposure risks, creating proper container labels, and sharing safety data sheets.

  1. General Requirements (Standard 1926.451)

This standard speaks specifically to scaffolds and the supports that assist in maintaining the safety of workers. Requirements for platforms, tiebacks, outriggers, ladders, etc. are outlined in this standards.

  1. Respiratory Protection (Standard 1910.134)

Utilizing proper engineering control measures to prevent atmospheric contamination is the first step to minimizing employee exposures to contaminated materials in the air. Respirators are a protective requirement for workplaces with airborne contaminants.

  1. The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) (Standard 1910.147)

Controlling energy in machines and equipment that is potentially harmful during servicing and maintenance is the focus of this standard.

  1. Ladders (Standard 1926.1053)

This OSHA standard pertains to the load a ladder must be capable of safely supporting. Requirements for each ladder type are outlined and include beam specifications and rung distances.

  1. Powered Industrial Trucks (Standard 1910.178)

The design, maintenance, fire protection and use of specified trucks is outlined in this OSHA standard, requiring proper labeling and on-truck markings.

  1. Training Requirements (Standard 1926.503)

Training programs for employees who may encounter fall hazards are required. A competent, qualified person must train employees to recognize hazards of falling and employers must certify the occurrence of this training in writing.

  1. General Requirements For All Machines (Standard 1910.212)

Focusing on types of machine guarding, this standard outlines the requirements necessary to protect machine operators and employees from sparks, rotating parts, etc.

  1. Eye and Face Protection (Standard 1926.102)

Appropriate eye and face protection, with side protectors, is required for employees who may be exposed to hazards such as flying particles, acids, or chemical vapors. Eye and face PPE must fit adequately and remain fully functional throughout their use.


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