OSHA's Top Violations of 2018...
It's that time fo year again! This year at the National Safety Congress & Expo, OSHA announced it's top violations of 2018. Yet another year goes by with largely the same top violations as previous years which is a important reminder for all EHS professionals across all industries to take a look at their facilities to eleminate or mitigate these so frequently occuring violations. Let's take a look at each of these violations and comments from Dakota Software, Waste360 and Patrick Kapust, OSHA's Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs.
No. 10: Personal protective and lifesaving equipment - eye and face protection
As Waste360 pointed out, this standard saw 1,536 violations recorded by OSHA inspectors in the 2018 fiscal year. This is a relatively rare instance of a new standard making its way onto the top 10 list.
No. 9: Machine Guarding
With potentially dangerous machines used in so many different applications across the economy, it's not surprising that this standard has the potential to be frequently violated. OSHA recorded 1,972 violations of this standard.
No. 8: Fall Protection - training requirements
Issues with training don't instantly lead to employee danger. Instead, they create long-term problems and continually put a business and its workers at risk. This standard had 1,982 violations in the 2018 fiscal year.
No. 7: Powered Industrial Trucks
Used in many different applications, powered industrial trucks can cause harm to workers and damage to facilities if not used properly. OSHA tracked a total of 2,294 violations of this standard in fiscal year 2018.
No. 6: Ladders
Ladders present a potential risk, whether they bring employees only a few feet off the ground or many stories above it. This standard had 2,780 violations in 2018, according to Safety + Health.
No. 5: Lockout/Tagout
Proper lockout/tagout procedure protects workers from serious issues caused by the unexpected energization or operation of potentially dangerous machinery. Despite its potential dangers, OSHA tracked 2,944 violations of this standard in the 2018 fiscal year, according to EHS Today.
No. 4: Respiratory Protection
Respiratory protection not only includes providing effective equipment to workers, but making sure it fits, training workers on proper use and providing medical evaluations. OSHA recorded 3,118 violations over the past fiscal year.
No. 3: Scaffolds - general requirements
Working at heights always involves an element of danger, although the proper precautions can help manage and reduce that risk. OSHA found 3,336 violations of this standard in the 2018 fiscal year, according to Occupational Health & Safety.
No. 2: Hazard Communication
Effective, compliant communication of hazards to employees is a foundational element of a safe, secure workplace. This standard covers a number of hazards which must be communicated to employees, which could help account for the 4,552 violations found by OSHA in the past year.
No. 1: Fall Protection - general requirements
Keeping employees safe while working at heights has to be a priority for all businesses. This standard frequently places highly on OSHA's top 10 list and saw 7,720 violations cataloged in 2018.
The top 10 violations accounted for an estimated total of 32,266 violations, based on preliminary data for FY 2018. Kapust reminded those in attendance that these numbers were only for the federal agency, and did not include violations found by state enforcement agencies.