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OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2018

The end of the year brings many lists, reviews, and countdowns, and the EHS industry is no exception. Each year, OSHA releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited workplace health and safety violations for the fiscal year, as determined by OSHA inspections of workplaces.

When the top 10 violations for fiscal year 2018 were announced recently, there weren’t many surprises. The “Fall Protection – General Requirements” standard again tops the list, with 329 more violations than in 2017. New to this year’s list is the “Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection” standard, coming in at number 10 with 1,528 violations.

Here is a snapshot of the results:

  • #1 - Fall Protection: General Requirements (standard 1926.501): 7,216 violations (up from 6,887 in 2017)
  • #2 - Hazard Communication (standard 1910.1200): 4,537 violations (down from 4,652 in 2017)
  • #3 - Scaffolding (standard 1926.451): 3,319 violations (down from 3,697 in 2017)
  • #4 - Respiratory Protection (standard 1910.134): 3,112 violations (down from 3,381 in 2017)
  • #5 - Lockout/Tagout (standard 1910.147): 2,923 violations (down from 3,131 in 2017)
  • #6 - Ladders (standard 1926.1053): 2,780 violations (up from 2,567 in 2017)
  • #7 - Powered Industrial Trucks (standard 1910.178): 2,281 violations (down from 2,349 in 2017)
  • #8 - Fall Protection – Training Requirements (standard 1926.503): 1,978 violations (up from 1,724 in 2017)
  • #9 - Machine Guarding (standard 1910.212): 1,969 violations (down from 2,109 in 2017)
  • #10 - Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (standard 1926.102): 1,528 violations (not ranked in 2017)

Stay tuned for a more detailed review of these 2018 violations in a post early next year. For more immediate information, view the on-demand webinar, “EHS Regulatory Compliance in 2018 and the Changes That Lie Ahead.” One of our industry experts will analyze these top OSHA violations, offer recommendations for staying compliant, and discuss proposed rule changes for 2019. Please click the button below to register.

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