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OSHA presents this list each year, and there aren’t a lot of variations, it seems, at least in rank and content. The top five violations, for example, remained consistent from 2016 to 2018, and eight categories appeared in the list in all of the last three years. However, the number of violations found in each of those categories varied considerably.
This table shows the 12 classes of violation (and their respective OSHA standards) that made the top ten in the last three years:
But the EHS community’s improvements in safety measures and management certainly deserve recognition, too. Across the country, EHS managers who have made the best use of technology, training, and relationships with upper management and their workforce are seeing the returns on those efforts.
It’s worth noting, however, the two closely-related categories where unfortunate reversals are evident: Fall Protection and Ladders. As you may be aware (and as we wrote about here), these have been recent areas of emphasis for OSHA with changes in the regulatory standards introduced in 2017. So, it’s logical that the administration would find some companies lacking in this area if those workplaces did not heed the mandatory changes.
Finally, a new category entered the top 10 this year: Eye and Face Protection (CFR 1926.102). Without further research, it’s fair to assume a recent emphasis in enforcement in this area, But we can also believe that workplaces have room to improve where there is danger to this part of the body.
Whichever category may be lacking attention in any given workplace, the reason may also be attributed to an overextended EHS team.
Findlay All Hazards is the trainer that can assesses your company’s specific needs in all of the top 10 categories, and more, before building and delivering a specific workplace safety training program. If your workplace has been subject to incidents, fines, or warnings, and the regs are not clear to your team, that’s a great place to start working with Findlay experts, who can assist almost immediately.