OSHA’s Top Ten Violations, 2016

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Every year, OSHA releases its list of the ten most cited violations from the previous fiscal year.

They do it in two stages, actually. In October, they release a preliminary list, and then they release a second, expanded version of that list with more data later in the year.

As our friend Mr. Calendar makes clear, it’s October, which means it’s time for that initial list. And just like clockwork, OSHA’s done it. They’ve released their “preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations” for fiscal year 2016. We got the news from the OSHA blog.

And also just like clockwork, we’re getting that information to you as quickly as we can.

We’ve got the list for you below. We’ve also included links to additional webpages related to each of the commonly violated standards–the additional pages include free training materials, fun word games, interactive glossaries, additional helpful information about the regulation and how to avoid violating it, free safety checklists, and more. We’ve also included some samples of relevant health and safety eLearning courses for each standard.

Some Things That Catch Your Eye

It’s just the preliminary list, so there’s not a lot of data to pour over. But there are a few things that catch the eye right off the bat.

  • All ten standards were on list year’s list too.
  • Fall Protection is in the top spot-again.
  • Three standards have to do with heights–Fall Protection, Scaffolds, and Ladders.
  • Two have to do with electricity–Wiring and General Requirements.
  • Machine Guarding jumped a spot from 9 last year to 8 this year.

And with that intro, let’s get on with lists. We’ll update the list with more information as OSHA releases it.

Click here if you want to look at the expanded data set and analysis from fiscal year 2015.

The Top Ten

In order, here’s the list:

  1. Fall Protection, 1926.501
  2. Hazard Communication, 1910.1200
  3. Scaffolding, 1926.451
  4. Respiratory Protection, 1910.134
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178
  7. Ladders, 1926.1053
  8. Machine Guarding, 1910.212
  9. Electrical-Wiring Methods, 1910.305
  10. Electrical-General Requirements, 1910.303

We’ll break them down in more detail, and provide helpful resources for each, below.

A Violation-by-Violation Breakdown of the List: OSHA’s Top Ten Violations, Fiscal Year 2016

Here are the top ten citations, listed from the standard with the most citations to the standard with the tenth-most citations.

1. Fall Protection, 1926.501

Resources:

Course Sample:

Here’s a sample of our Fall Prevention and Protection e-learning course.

2. Hazard Communication, 1910.1200

Resources:

Course Sample:

And here’s a sample of our Hazard Communication e-learning course.

3. Scaffolding, 1926.451

Resources:

Course Samples:

And here’s a sample of our Scaffolding e-learning course.

For good measure, check out a sample of our Aerial Work Platforms course, too.

4. Respiratory Protection, 1910.134

Resources:

Course Samples:

We’ve got a few samples for you here.

Respirator Basics

Air-Purifying Respirators

Air-Supplying Respirators

Escape Respirators and SCSRs

Respirator Medical Evaluation and Fit Testing

5. Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147

Resources:

Course Samples:

We’ve got four courses of interest here (at least).

Lockout Tagout for Authorized Employees

Lockout Tagout for Affected Employees

Maintenance Safety

Line Breaking Safety

6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178

Resources:

Course Sample:

Here is a sample of our Forklift Safety e-learning course.

7. Ladders, 1926.1053

Resources:

Course Sample:

Here is a sample of our Ladder Safety e-learning course.

8. Machine Guarding, 1910.212

Resources:

Course Sample:

Here is a sample of our machine guarding e-learning course.

9. Electrical-Wiring Methods, 1910.305

Resources:

Course Samples:

We have several e-learning courses related to electrical hazards. Check out the samples below.

Arc Flash Safety e-learning course.

NFPA 70E e-learning course.

10. Electrical, General Requirements, 1910.303

Resources:

Course Samples:

Electrical Safety General Awareness e-learning course.

Electric Shock e-learning course.

Conclusion: OSHA’s Top Ten, 2016

That’s all we’ve got for you about this now. Like we said earlier, we’ll update you when OSHA releases more data.

Download Our Free Guide to Effective EHS Training

Once you’re done checking out the list above, and the links to the associated resources and free training materials, download our free 42-page guide to Effective EHS Training and start doing what you can to cut down the number of violations at your workplace.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He writes most of the articles on the Convergence Training blog. Jeff has worked in education/training for more than twenty years and in safety training for more than ten. You can follow Jeff at LinkedIn as well.

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