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OSHA Regulations Violation Overview

Each year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases its list of the most frequently cited violations. From year to year, the list stays fairly consistent, which is why it’s so important to maintain OSHA standards to keep in compliance. OSHA compliance doesn’t just mean you avoid a hefty fine, it also means you’re doing everything in your power to offer workers the best protection possible.

The Top OSHA violations of 2012 were:

1. Fall protection - (29 CFR 1926.501)

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Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, which is why it’s crucial workers have the appropriate fall protection equipment they need to stay safe.
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Be sure you have: lanyards, lifelines, harnesses, d-rings, lifters, belts, hooks, straps and much more to stay compliant.

2. Hazard communication standard - (29 CFR 1910.1200)

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The Right to Know Law states that all employees have the right to know the identity and the potential hazards of the chemicals they work with in order to protect themselves from harm.
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Keep workers safe and maintain compliance using hazcom labels, as well as GHS products to comply with the new shift in policy.

3. Scaffolding - (29 CFR 1926.451)

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Scaffolds can be dangerous; without regular inspection and proper maintenance, they could fall over and severely injure or kill workers.
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Maintain compliance and keep everyone safe using scaffold tags and scaffold labels to communicate important information.

4. Respiratory protection - (29 CFR 1910.134)

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Respirators not only help you comply with OSHA standards, they also save lives by protecting the body from insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays.
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Be sure you have all the respiratory protection equipment you need to stay safe.

5. 40% of the violations involved lock out tag out and electrical regulations -
(29 CFR 1910.147, 29 CFR 1910.305, 29 CFR 1910.212, 29 CFR 1910.303)

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Lock out tag out is perhaps one of the most important and complex of OSHA’s regulations. Once you have a plan in place, be sure you have all the tools you need to carry a lockout in as safe a way as possible, including Lock out and Electrical Signs and Labels.

6. Powered industrial trucks - (29 CFR 1910.178) – Forklifts

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OSHAs regulations on powered industrial trucks covers forklifts, tractors, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks. These machines can be incredibly dangerous, which is why routine maintenance and operator certification is so crucial.

7. Ladders - (29 CFR 1926.1053)

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Ladders and stepstools are invaluable tools; they make performing maintenance tasks easier or even just help someone reach a high shelf.

Maintaining OSHA compliance isn’t just to avoid fines; OSHA regulations are designed with worker safety in mind. These regulations keep workers in all industries safe and protected, which leads to greater productivity.
Get compliant today!