Each year, OSHA updates their list of the most common standards cited following an inspection of worksites by federal OSHA compliance officers. Although the order of these citations may change, you will find these ten violations recur year to year. Being aware of these frequently cited standards, can help employers develop safety programs to prevent many injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace.

The following list is the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards list for 2020.

  1. Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR, 1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication Standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Respiratory Protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  4. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  5. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Fall Protection-Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
  9. Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102)
  10. Machine and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)

Usually, OSHA conducts inspections without advance notice. When an OSHA compliance officer finds violations of OSHA standards, they may issue citations and fines. Knowing the OSHA Top 10 list is a useful tool in keeping employees safe. This information can prevent injuries, deaths and fines for your company. At Safety Consulting Specialists, our goal is to assist employers and workers to prevent injuries or deaths in the workplace. We will work with you to ensure your safety program is implemented to keep your workers safe. Our training programs will empower your workers to identify job site safety hazards and take corrective actions to eliminate hazards. Connect with us today via email or phone to find out more about how we can help.