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OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations 2022

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its list of the most frequently cited safety standards violations for 2022. The annual list, based on worksite inspections, aims to alert employers and safety professionals about common violations to help prevent them.

Workplace injuries and illnesses can devastate employees and their families but are also painful to a company’s bottom line. Lost productivity and medical, legal, and workers’ compensation expenses cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars each year. Add to that expense an OSHA citation, which can cost up to $145,027 per violation, it is easy to see how an effective safety and health program saves money.

Be aware if you are working where your employees can be easily seen such as in town or visible from highways OSHA inspectors will record your employees before visiting job site. Inspectors will have your work methods documented.

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1 Fall Protection–General Requirements – 5,260 citations
OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard remains at the top of the list for the twelfth year in a row. The standard outlines when and where fall protection is required and what safety systems and hazard controls must be used to prevent falls. (See OSHA Standard 1926.501

2 Hazard Communication – 2,424 citations
This standard requires companies to provide information about how to classify and label workplace chemicals. It also sets requirements on training employees, using safety data sheets (SDSs), and keeping a written workplace hazard communication plan. (See OSHA Standard 1910.1200)

3 Respiratory Protection – 2,185 citations
The Respiratory Protection Standard directs employers to keep a respiratory protection program if workers must wear respirators to protect themselves. It includes specific rules for employee training and respirator selection, fitting, cleaning, use, maintenance, and repair. (See OSHA Standard 1910.134 and related OSHA resources.)

4 Ladders – 2,143 citations
OSHA’s Stairways and Ladders Standard establishes requirements for the safe use of ladders, extension ladders, job-made wooden ladders, and step ladders. (See OSHA Standard 1926.1053 )

5 Scaffolding – 2,058 citations
The Scaffolding Standard covers safety requirements for airlifts, suspended scaffolds, supported scaffolds, and others. Common hazards associated with scaffolds include falls from an elevation due to lack of fall protection; the collapse of the scaffold caused by instability or overloading; getting struck by falling tools, work materials, or debris; and electrocution due to scaffolds located too close to overhead power lines. (See OSHA Standard 1926.451)

6 Lockout/Tagout – 1,977 citations
The Lockout/Tagout Standard protects workers from amputations and other serious injuries that can arise from unexpected startups and cycling of a machine or the release of stored energy from a machine during servicing and maintenance. (See OSHA Standard 1910.147)

7 Powered Industrial Trucks – 1,749 citations
This standard provides general design information and construction standards for powered industrial trucks such as forklifts or lift trucks used to raise, lower, or remove large objects. It also requires employers to ensure truck operators are properly trained in operation and safety standards. (See OSHA Standard 1910.178)

8 Fall Protection–Training Requirements – 1,556 citations
This differs from the Fall Protection Standard mentioned in #1, which relates to physical hazard controls and fall protection systems. This standard provides guidance on employee-required training and education to prevent falls. (See OSHA Standard 1926.503 )

9 Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment–Eye and Face Protection – 1,401 citations
The Eye and Face Protection standard requires employers to provide eye and face protection to employees whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological, or mechanical irritants. (See OSHA Standard 1926.102 )

10 Machine Guarding – 1,370 citations
The Machine Guarding Standard describes safeguards to protect employees from rotating parts, flying chips, sparks, and other hazards caused by machinery. (See OSHA Standard 1910.212 )

The top five most frequently cited regulations have remained the same; however, they have switched positions, with Hazard Communication and Respiratory Protection swapping places.

Respiratory protection moved down while Hazard Communication moved up. The Respirator Protection standard directs employers to establish and maintain a respirator protection program, which includes procedures, training, medical evaluation, and maintenance and repair.

Razer Safety can assist employers with OSHA Medical Questionnaire’s, provide training, and do fit testing for employees who wear respirators.

The Bottom 5

Just as the top 5 OSHA standards have remained the same but shifted positions, so have the bottom five standards on the OSHA's Top 10 list.

The Powered Industrial Trucks standard has moved up two spots on the list and deals with the operation design, maintenance, and training of mobile equipment like forklifts. Perhaps this increase reflects the labor crunch many companies, especially those in logistics and warehousing, have felt over the past year as they try to fulfill the demand for goods while short-staffed.

These shortages may push some to cut corners regarding proper employee training, inspections, and maintenance while hiring less skilled workers to operate the equipment. As a result, OSHA inspectors may find more violations than they would otherwise.

Impact on Workers, Business and Profit

Employers that want to reduce injury in accident rates and avoid potentially costly regulatory fines must take this list seriously and see if it illuminates any of their safety and health programs' shortcomings.

If an OSHA inspector shows up for a surprise inspection, these top 10 standards will likely be at the top of their mind and something they will look for at your facility. Reading and reviewing these top 10 standards for comprehension and how they might apply to your workplace is a perfect place to start to ensure your organization isn't caught off guard.

The Need for Training and Prevention

What are some of the most important things your company needs to focus on to ensure you don't get hit with one of these most cited regulations?
Safety audits are one of the essential safety and health program tools. Audits help you identify hazards in your workplace so that you can proactively manage and eliminate them before they can turn into workplace injuries or accidents.

Different people see different hazards, and something you might miss may be evident to another person with different experiences. That's why it is helpful to have Razer Safety and Health perform periodic workplace audits and mentor your team members on identifying hazards.

OSHA requires that companies create written safety programs and periodically update and review them. Razer Safety and Health can audit your organization's current safety and health plans and procedures to ensure they include the requirements established by the top 10 standards.

Finally, an essential component of workplace safety and compliance is training employees to recognize and mitigate the hazards they are likely to encounter. Therefore, audit your current training to identify gaps related to the OSHA's top 10 list and create a plan to fill those gaps.

Make sure that you are proactive when it comes to training and staying on top of it. The longer you wait to conduct training, the more likely your workers are to be involved in an accident, and OSHA is to show up on-site and realize that you have not been conducting the mandatory training.

When should I report accidents to OSHA?

You should report accidents to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if they meet the criteria for a "serious injury." Under OSHA regulations, a serious injury is defined as one that results in:

After a workplace accident what questions should I ask?

If you're involved in a workplace accident, it's important to take the following steps to ensure that you get the help you need and that the incident is properly documented:

By asking these questions, you can help ensure that the root cause of the accident is identified and addressed. That measures are taken to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future and have information available when OHSA makes follow up inspection after accident report.

If I am an employer what questions should I ask after accident?

As an employer, it's important to take a thorough and comprehensive approach to investigating workplace accidents to ensure that the root cause is identified and addressed. When investigating, it's important to ask the following questions.

By asking these questions and gathering as much information as possible about the accident, you can help ensure that you have a complete and accurate understanding of what happened and what can be done to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. As employer you will be prepared for OSHA Visit following the report of an accident.

OSHA General Duty Clause

The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) General Duty Clause is a provision in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. Specifically, the General Duty Clause states that employers must furnish "a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees."

The General Duty Clause is often used by OSHA to cite employers for violations of safety and health standards that do not have a specific OSHA regulation. For example, if there is a hazard in the workplace that is not addressed by an OSHA standard, OSHA can use the General Duty Clause to cite the employer for failing to provide a safe workplace.

To use the General Duty Clause, OSHA must establish that the employer:

Employers can prevent violations of the General Duty Clause by identifying and addressing potential hazards in the workplace, providing adequate training to employees, and maintaining a culture of safety.

By using Razer Safety and Health, LLC to provide safety audits or “mock” OSHA Inspection employers can identify and avoid potential hazards that may result in a citation, violation, and penalties.


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