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Your Guide to OSHA's Top Safety Violations

Posted by Clarion Safety Systems | 5th Feb 2024

Staying ahead of regulatory changes and workplace safety is crucial for both equipment manufacturers and EHS professionals. That's why we're excited to announce the release of our comprehensive whitepaper: "Navigating OSHA’s Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations".


What is OSHA’s ‘Top 10’ Safety Violations List?
Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites across all industries. Workers suffer preventable injuries, illnesses, and deaths related to the hazards addressed in these standards.

The violations list is valuable for safety professionals and health and safety industry stakeholders. It offers insight into OSHA's enforcement activities, workplace health and safety trends, and provides clues on areas that stakeholders should prioritize to enhance compliance and ensure better protection for workers.

Often, the violations change in their ordered ranking, but are often the same. This past year, the top violations include:

  • Fall Protection (General Industry)
  • Hazard Communication
  • Ladders
  • Scaffolding
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Fall Protection - Training Requirements
  • PPE - Eye & Face Protection
  • Machine Guarding

What You’ll Find in our Whitepaper
Our new whitepaper provides an overview of the latest ‘top 10’ cited standards data compiled by OSHA, along with actionable insights with an aim to help improve product and workplace safety. In this piece, you’ll find:

  • Detailed analysis of the top 10 most-cited OSHA standards, including fall protection, hazard communication, machine guarding, and more.
  • Industry-specific breakdowns to help you target your safety efforts where they matter most.
  • Practical recommendations for equipment manufacturers to integrate safety features into their products and EHS professionals to build robust safety protocols, including administrative, PPE, and engineering controls.
  • Various up-to-date regulatory resources to keep you informed and compliant.

The Financial Impact of Safety Violations
When OSHA finds that an employer is in violation of a safety or health standard, the agency may issue a citation. Citations can be classified as "serious," "willful," or "repeated."

Serious violations are those that create a substantial probability of death or serious physical harm. Willful violations are those that are committed with intentional disregard for the requirements of the law. Repeated violations are those that are committed for the same hazard after the employer has been previously cited for that hazard.

OSHA citations can have a significant impact on businesses. In addition to fines, citations can damage a company's reputation and lead to increased insurance premiums. Citations can also result in criminal charges in some cases.

Access our Complimentary Whitepaper Today
Whether you're an equipment manufacturer committed to building safer products or an EHS professional responsible for worker well-being , this whitepaper is your essential guide to navigating the ever-evolving landscape of workplace safety.

Download our whitepaper free of charge today and help to:

  • Minimize your risk of costly OSHA citations.
  • Protect your workforce and machine users from preventable injuries and illnesses.
  • Build a culture of safety and excellence in your organization
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