OSHA has announced its most frequently cited standards for its fiscal year, and for the 11th consecutive time, fall protection – general requirements topped the list.
Announced Oct. 12 during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the preliminary list, which represents OSHA Information System data from FY 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021.)
“Employers need to make sure their employees are protected,” Kapust said during the NSC event. “The top 10 tells us what OSHA is finding over and over again on a routine basis. Employers, use the list as a tool to assess your own workplace.”
Employers, it falls on you to provide the proper training to ensure your workforce is safe. Investing money and time to provide OSHA training will not only save lives, but resources down the line.
OSHA training courses are designed to provide workers with awareness of job-related safety and health hazards found on many construction sites. There are numerous options, both online and in classrooms, that can act as refreshers, introductions or provide a deeper dive into OSHA requirements.
For instance, the OSHA 10-hour construction course is intended for anyone involved in construction, including entry level workers, safety managers, project supervisors and foremen.
On the other hand, the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Training Course delivers more in-depth information and is perfect for foremen, supervisors, managers, safety committee members, and employees wanting an in-depth class on OSHA construction regulations.
However, with Fall Protection still topping OSHA’s most-cited list, employers should seriously invest in additional OSHA training courses, with a fall protection training class at the forefront.
The fall protection training class is designed for workers who may be exposed to fall hazards and provides students with the knowledge and information to recognize fall hazards, as well as steps necessary to avoid them.
Students will learn about OSHA regulations covering fall protection, proper selection and maintenance of fall protection devices and when they are required.
The full OSHA list
OSHA’s top 10 saw a few standards’ violations move up or down the list, but, overall, the 10-most-cited OSHA violations remain the same as last year, and are as follows (with previous years’ ranking noted):
|2021 ranking||2020 ranking||Cited standard||Violations|
|1||1||Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)||5,295|
|2||3||Respiratory Protection (1910.134)||2,527|
|5||2||Hazard Communication (1910.1200)||1,947|
|7||8||Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)||1,666|
|8||9||Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)||1,452|
|9||7||Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)||1,420|
|10||10||Machine Guarding (1910.212)||1,113|
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