by Jonathan Poole
Senior EHS Consultant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2023, and while the topics seldom change, the annual list represents an excellent place to start when reviewing any organization’s safety initiatives for the new year.  

For the 13th year in a row, Fall Protection remains #1 on the Top 10 with HazCom, Ladders, Scaffolding, LOTO, PITs, PPE and Machine Guarding included.  Interestingly, respiratory protection violations fell four spots from #3 to #7 on the list this past year as companies continued to evolve in response to post-pandemic respiratory lessons.  The relatively minor changes to the list (same topics, different order) demonstrate both the good and the bad in American industries.  No new violation was serious enough to shake up the list, but our nation’s facilities continue to struggle with the same compliance weaknesses, with little improvement year-after-year. 

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2023

1.  Fall protection general requirements for Construction (29 CFR 1926.501)

2.  Hazard communication standard for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)

3.  Ladders for Construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)

4.  Scaffolding general requirements for Construction (29 CFR 1926.451)

5.  Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.178)

6.  Control of hazardous energy/Lockout-Tagout for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.147) 

7.  Respiratory protection for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.134)

8.  Fall protection—Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)

9.  Personal Protective & Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102)

10. Machinery & machine guarding for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.212)

OSHA’s Top 10 list routinely helps EHS professionals, particularly facility managers, target areas for safety improvements and review.  Where might you consider targeting training in 2024?  This list is a great place to start when reviewing safety policies and evaluating the efficacy of instructional programs.  Have you reviewed your Fall Protection Program with your staff or offered Authorized User LOTO Training recently?  OSHA’s Top 10 list is ample evidence that these topics deserve particular emphasis.  

As noted in previous years, the reason the topics on this list persist over time is that the majority of facilities in America believe that their existing EHS policies are sufficient and their safety programs are up-to-date.  Before an accident or injury proves otherwise,  consider contacting The EI Group.  Our safety professionals offer decades of experience addressing all OSHA standards and understand how to improve your safety programs via mock OSHA audits, program assessments and wide-ranging training topics committed to protecting your workers.  EI addresses each of these ten common safety topics as well as unique challenges associated with industrial hygiene, environmental issues and occupational health.  

How We Can Help
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 Jonathan Poole at (919) 459-5252 or [email protected].