OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2010

It’s that time of year again where OSHA lays out the top 10 sins (violations) of the year.  While in previous years violations surrounding the plumbing/safety equipment industry were on this top ten list, I am happy to report that in 2010 these two areas do not appear on the violations list!  A full article on all the violations can be found in the December issue of Safety + Health Magazine, along with the top 10 “Willful” violations.  But for those with limited time, I’ve posted the top ten below.

  1. 1926.451 Scaffolding – General Requirements – 8,343 total violations
  2. 1926.501 Fall Protection – General Requirements – 7,279 total violations
  3. 1910.1200 Hazard Communication – 4,671 total violations
  4. 1926.1053 Ladders – 3,782 total violations
  5. 1910.147 Lockout/Tagout – 3,245 total violations
  6. 1910.305 Electrical – Wiring Methods – 3,083 total violations
  7. 1910.134 Respiratory Protection – 2,765 total violations
  8. 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks – 2,764
  9. Machine Guarding – General Requirements – 2,492
  10. 1910.303 Electrical – General Requirements – 2,439

While emergency safety equipment violations do not appear on the top ten list, it is important to note that no having the proper or required safety equipment in your facility is a violation which comes with the rather large price tag from OSHA.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your facility compliant.  A full list of Tips for Compliance can be downloaded here.

  • Safety equipment units meeting ANSI Z358.1 standards need to be within a 10 second travel time of the safety hazard
  • Personal eyewash equipment such as squeeze bottles do not meet the requirements for a plumbed or self-contained eyewash
  • ANSI Z358.1 requires that shower valves be of simple operation, turn off to on in one second or less, and provide hands free operation once activated. Self-closing shower valves do not meet this standard and should be replaced with stay open valves.
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