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Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Top Ten List

The following have been the top 10 most frequently cited standards for the past two years.

Fall Protection comes in as number one for three years in a row.

Top Ten 2013

Top 10 most frequently cited standards 2013

  1. Fall protection, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Ladders, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.303) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Machines, general requirements, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

Scaffolding was the number three most highest penalties assessed in 2012.

Highest Penalties in 2013

OSHA assessed with the highest penalties.

  1. Fall protection, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Ladders, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.303) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Machines, general requirements, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]]

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Companies found to be not compliant with GHS can now be fined

9 OSHA Trends to watch in 2014

Criminal prosecutions for OSHA violations.

OSHA is referring all fatality cases and investigations in which there are three or more serious injuries to district attorney offices for possible criminal prosecution.

Fines for noncompliance with Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

Companies had to train employees about the new safety data sheets and symbols under the GHS revision of OSHA’s hazcom standard by Dec. 1, 2013. That means companies can now be fined for not complying.

Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General made seven recommendations  which could impact whether companies with serious injuries get to stay in the program.

Updating injury and illness reporting requirements.

This revision would update the list of industries that are exempt from reporting injuries and illnesses to OSHA.

OSHA’s proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program requirement.

OSHA chief David Michaels has referred to this initiative as his No. 1 priority.

Process safety management changes.

OSHA intends to issue a request for information (RFI) regarding process safety management and prevention of major chemical incidents.

Use of OSHA’s General Duty Clause, particularly with chemical exposures. 

When a specific regulation isn’t available to address a potential workplace hazard, OSHA uses the GDC to fine companies

Willful vs. serious violations.

A willful violations carries a potential maximum penalty of $70,000, compared with one categorized as serious that tops out at $7,000.

Comments on OSHA’s proposed silica standard update and the agency’s response.

Under the proposal, workers’ exposures would be limited to a new PEL of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (µg/m3), averaged over an 8-hour day. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health had recommended 50 µg/m3 as the new standard.


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