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As expected, OSHA announced 2018’s Top 10 Violations this past week and the only surprise took the #10 spot. This past year, 1,536 violations citing CFR 29 126.102 were recorded—that’s the standard for Personal Protective & Lifesaving Equipment that focuses on eye and face protection.

We haven’t seen this particular violation on the list lately, so take note of it as well as the other nine standards cited repeatedly over this past year:

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2018

  1. Fall protection for Construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding general requirements for Construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy/LOTO for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Ladders for Construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  7. Powered industrial trucks for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Fall protection—Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
  9. Machinery & machine guarding for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.212)
  10. Personal Protective & Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102)

As I noted two weeks ago, this list helps safety professionals, particularly facility managers, target areas for improvements and review. Given the growing number of PPE citations and the fact that Fall Protection training requirements climbed the list for a second year, all of us should be reviewing those areas of our safety policies and evaluating the instructional efficacy of our educational programs.

Again, the reason these Top 10 OSHA Violations persist year-to-year is that the majority of facilities in America believe that their policies are sufficient and their safety programs are up-to-date. Before joining that club of companies that discover they are mistaken (via inspection or injury), consider contacting The EI Group and allowing our EHS experts to assist you.  Our safety professionals offer decades of experience addressing all OSHA standards and look forward to fortifying your program via mock OSHA audits, program assessments and wide-ranging training topics committed to protecting your workers.

If you have questions about any of OSHA’s Top 10 Violations and what we can do to address specific concerns at your facility, please contact me at (919) 459-5252 or jpoole@ei1.com.