The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with compliance and enforcement of regulations which keep workers safe across America. While some industries see a higher level of scrutiny than others, no business is exempt nor should any business sideline employee safety.
3 Simple Tools to Reduce OSHA Violations
Understanding the most common OSHA violations and the implications associated with citations will help your business better prioritize your risk profile and develop your action plan.
Description of Violation
Cited Standard Number
1. Hazard Communication – Properly transmitting information on chemical hazards through a comprehensive program, container labeling, SDS and training.
2. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout) – Servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment to control hazardous energy.
3. Portable Fire Extinguishers – Employers must follow specific guidelines concerning the placement, use, maintenance and testing of portable fire extinguishers.
4. General Scaffold Requirements – Using and maintaining scaffolds or related equipment properly according to manufacturer’s standards.
5. Duty to Have Fall Protection and Falling Object Protection – Provide protection for each employee exposed to fall and falling object hazards Safety.
6. Respiratory Protection – Properly administering a respiratory protection program, selecting correct respirators, completing medical evaluations to determine which employees are required to use respirators and providing tight-fitting equipment.
7. Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records – Ensuring that employees and their designated representatives have the right of access to relevant exposure and medical records.
8. General Walking/Working Surface Requirements – Maintaining a clean, orderly and sanitary establishment, including passageways, storerooms and service rooms.
9. Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes – Ensuring every stairway floor opening has proper railings and other protection.
10. General Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements – Selecting the correct PPE, providing instruction, monitoring its use and maintaining the PPE to standards.
*ACV (Average Cost per Violation) – The dollar amount represents the average cost per violation that employers in this industry paid in 2019. To understand the full capacity and scope of each standard, click on the standard number to visit www.osha.gov and view the language in its entirety. Source: OSHA.gov