Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization that serves to ensure safe and healthy working conditions by enforcing standards and providing workplace safety training. OSHA's annual announcement of the top 10 Top most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2017 was focused on injury protection and subsequent workplace safety. It will help identify the hazards employers want to avoid - as well as associated fines and penalties for non compliance - and provide safety excellence in the coming year.
#1 OSHA Violation: Fall Protection (OSHA 1926.501)
Fall protection equipment provides safety and security to workers in warehouses, at construction sites, on roofs, and other height related jobs. The 6,887 violations cited in 2017 were mostly with regard to failing to guard edges and open sides to prevent workers from falling. It is important to ensure that your fall protection equipment meets all required OSHA and ANSI standards for safe use in work environments.
Keep workers suspended in the upright position during a fall and offer additional support while workers wait for assistance Harnesses are designed for adjustability and universal fit to accommodate most workers. Harnesses must be used in conjunction with lanyards, self-retracting lifelines or other fall restraint devices to prevent injury.
Use these to protect workers and employees from falling off a leading edge or where there is no possibility of a vertical free fall.
A lanyard is flexible webbing, synthetic or wire rope used to secure a safety belt or full body harness to a lifeline or anchor.
Lifeline allows freedom of movement while providing protection against falls. Lifeline feeds out slowly and locks when jerked (like a seatbelt) to ensure safe and reliable use. Quick acting speed sensing brake system activates at once, significantly reducing the risk of hitting the ground.
Carabiners & Anchorage Connectors
Carabiners allow anchoring and connecting versatility for rope, slings, lanyards, and more. Compact and lightweight design allows ergonomic handling and transport.
OSHA Compliant Guard Rail Systems
Guard rail systems protect workers from accidental falls off working surfaces. You can customize a guardrail system to protect workers who are working 6 feet or more above lower levels, around existing holes or openings in the working surface.
Call us today, so we can help determine your fall protection needs. Specify work applications where fall protection equipment will be used and discuss potential fall distance and fall clearance. We’ll help determine what connecting device is needed and what anchorage point should be used. We also carry tool lanyards, confined space rescue systems and mobile fall arrest systems. 1-888-978-7759.
#2 OSHA Violation: Hazard Communication (OSHA 1910.1200)
OSHA requires all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to prepare and implement a hazard communication program. There were 4,652 citations in 2017, which is down from 5,665 in 2016. Not having a hazard communication program topped the violations, followed by not having or not providing access to safety data sheets. If you use hazardous chemicals, you must have a written hazard communication program. You are also required to label all containers and provide safety data sheets and training to employees. It is crucial to provide specific criteria for labeling all hazardous materials containers, with required Safety Data Sheets, so employers offer effective training programs for all potentially exposed employees. As of June 1, 2016 all workplace labeling and hazard communications programs were required to be updated and employee training completed to match these new standards.
These signs help comply with OSHA and hazard communication standards. Signs are constructed of high quality materials for long lasting durability and dependability. Brightly colored easy-to-see messages and universal symbols ensure employees are aware of potential hazards.
Convey information about potential hazards inside containers. Labels include universal pictograms that symbolize potential hazard. Posters, labels, and signs help comply with new updated OSHA standards. Training CD-Rom courses also available to provide training on proper GHS labeling procedures.
GHS Training Posters & Kits
GHS training posters and kits provide instructional information regarding chemical identification and hazard communication. Units summarize OSHA regulations and advise the appropriate Hazard Communication for construction, industrial and hazardous chemical work environments.
Right To Know/SDS Communication
Keep workplace Safety Data Sheet information close at hand and comply with OSHA regulations.
Call us today, so we can help determine your hazard communication needs. Specify work applications where hazard communication is needed and we’ll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, keep workers safe, and avoid penalty fines. 1-888-978-7759.
#3 OSHA Violation: Scaffolding / Stage Platforms (OSHA 1926.451)
Maintaining OSHA standards in scaffolding requires general safety measures which should be designed by a qualified person. There were fewer scaffolding violations in the construction industry in 2017 (3,288) than in 2016 (3,900), but frequent violations include improper access to surfaces and lack of guardrails. As an employer, you are legally bound to protect construction workers from falls and falling objects while working on or near scaffolding at heights of 10 feet or higher. Among other things, scaffolding is a guardrail system for any accidental fall or fall arrest, and provides an adequate firm foundation for employees at work as well as general workplace safety.
Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and other tall structures.
Stage platforms are in construction, electrical, residential, and industrial applications. Platforms allow single or multi-use accessibility for elevated jobsites and can be re-configured into multiple layouts for various jobs.
Call us today, so we can help you figure if you need scaffolding or stage platforms. Are you doing construction, renovation, or maintenance work? Is it indoor or outdoor? Specify your work applications and we’ll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, avoid penalty fines, and keep workers safe. 1-888-978-7759.
Need more information? Check out OSHA's Scaffolding / Stage Platforms Overview Page or OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards
#4 OSHA Violation: Respiratory Protection (OSHA 1910.134)
Establishing and maintaining a respiratory protection program is vital for any employer to effectively comply with OSHA regulations. Violations fell by 476 to 3,097 in 2017. Failure to establish a respiratory protection program topped these violations, followed by failure to provide medical evaluations. Respirators protect employees against the inhalation of vapors, gases, and hazardous materials for various applications including laboratories, hospitals, doctor’s offices, manufacturing facilities, and more.
Cartridge respirators protect against inhalation of hazardous materials in laboratories, pharmaceutical, chemical, and manufacturing facilities. Cartridges and filters must be in accordance with OSHA, NIOSH, and the manufacturer
Disposable Respirators offer respiratory protection for various applications including construction, sanding, doctor's offices, and more. These are designed to protect against airborne particulate containments in oil and non-oil containing environments.
Fit Test Solutions
Fit testing ensures a tight seal when using a respirator and is required by OSHA before user wears a mandatory respirator on the job. For qualitative fit testing, use one of OSHA's accepted test agents: Isomyl acetate (banana smell) for organic vapor cartridges, Saccharin (sweet taste) for particulate filters, Bitrex® (bitter taste) for particulate filters, or irritant smoke for testing of respirators with level 100 particulate filters.
Call us today, so we can help determine what you need for respiratory protection. Specify the work applications and we’ll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, keep workers safe, and avoid penalty fines. 1-888-978-7759.
#5 OSHA Violation: Lockout/Tagout (OSHA 1910.147)
Lockout/Tagout devices help prevent worker injuries during machine maintenance, service, and repairs. Violations dropped 529 to 2,877 for this year. Frequent violations were inadequate worker training and inspections not completed. Lockout/Tagout procedures safeguard employees when machinery starts up unexpectedly or when hazardous energy is released during maintenance activities. Look for strong shackles, bright colors and easy-to-read messages that clearly identify when a machine is turned off, cannot be started, and is ready for service.
Lockout padlocks are essential components to any OSHA compliant lockout program. Available in Keyed Different or Keyed Alike sets and various shackle sizes for project-specific needs.
Lockout Hasps & Group Lockout
Lockout Hasps and Group Lock Boxes allow more than one worker to lock out the same or multiple energy sources, ensuring a zero energy state during maintenance work.
Communicates the name and date of individual/employee pre-forming the lockout/tagout procedure.
Circuit breakers, valve and plug lockouts are used during machinery maintenance to help comply with OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard. Proper usage and application of a lockout device can help prevent the accidental re-energization of machinery, ensuring the safety of employees.
These kits include various assortments of padlocks, tags, hasps, lockout devices to help comply with OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout standard.
Call us today, so we can help determine what you need for lockout/tagout compliance. How many employees will be involved in the lockout procedure? What specific components are to be locked out (circuit breakers, valves, electrical connections, etc.?) Proper identification is required for each employee involved in the lockout procedure as well. Look for tags and labels that easily communicate employee information and provide visual warnings. We’ll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, keep workers safe, and avoid penalty fines. 1-888-978-7759.
#6 OSHA Violation: Ladders (OSHA 1926.1053)
Improper use of ladders resulted in 2,241 citations in 2017 compared to 2,625 in 2016. Frequent violations include improper use of ladders, damaged ladders, and using the top step. This standard covers general requirements for all ladders in various applications including construction, industrial, residential, electrical, and more. Step ladders, rolling ladders, step stools, extension ladders, and more help create and maintain safe work environments.
Step ladders provide easy access to elevated jobsites for various applications including construction, building, roofing and general contracting. Ladders with wide steps that are deep treaded give you slip resistance and maximum stability. Ladders with a multi-use tray allows easy tool and equipment storage.
Rolling ladders provide jobsite mobility for elevated applications including plants, warehouses, stockrooms, offices, and more. Make sure your rolling ladder can lock in folded or open position for operator safety, and that the spring loaded casters retract when not in use. Step treads provide non-slip surface for added stability.
Step stools provide mobile access to elevated areas. Look for spring loaded, non-marking casters that retract when not in use and a slip resistant surface for added safety and stability.
Extension ladders allow for adjustable height requirements for electrical, work climbing, contractor, construction jobs, and more. These ladders should have slip-resistant traction tread rungs and riveted wide foot plates for stability and worker safety. Non-conductive fiberglass rails provide safety during electrical work.
Call us today, so we can help determine you figure out what the best ladder is for your needs. Specify whether you need a stationary or adjustable ladder and if this is needed for indoor or outdoor work and we’ll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, keep workers safe, and avoid penalty fines. 1-888-978-7759.
#7 OSHA Violation: Powered Industrial Trucks (OSHA 1910.178)
Forklift drivers must be trained, certified, and reevaluated every three years. Improper fork lift use and training account for many violations. There were 2,162 violations in 2017 compared to 2,855 in 2016. Violations included inadequate worker training and refresher training.
While the number is down, many citations also included failure to remove unsafe powered trucks from service, failure to examine industrial trucks before placing into service on a daily or per-shift basis and ensuring competency of powered industrial truck operators. Self-Propelled Electric Powered Pallet Trucks, Powered Lift Trucks, Self-Propelled Lift Trucks and Self-Propelled Electric Powered Platform Trucks are used in many industries to move, raise, lower, stack, or remove pallets, boxes, crates, and more.
Self-Propelled Electric Powered Pallet Trucks
These trucks efficiently lift and move loads throughout the warehouse. Pallet trucks and jacks are available in semi and fully powered to lift and lower loads with push button or pump handle operation.
Powered Lift Trucks
Suitable for stacking, pallet handling, order picking, and horizontal transport, powered lift trucks are available in adjustable fork or platform, non-straddle or straddle types to meet particular load lifting need or application. You can lift and lower loads with push button or pump handle operation.
Self-Propelled Lift Trucks
Lift, lower, and move loads efficiently throughout commercial or industrial facilities. Self-propelled lift trucks are designed to easily handle loads with little or no manual effort. Pushbutton or gear shift controls gives you efficient operation.
Self-Propelled Electric Power Platform Trucks
Provide motorized transportation for bulky loads in warehouses, retail stores, offices and other material handling applications. Powerful drive motor offers efficient speed for moving heavy loads.
Call us today, so we can help determine kind of industrial truck you need. Where will the truck be used – indoor or outdoor? What are your lift height and fuel type requirements? Will you need a counterbalanced truck to offset heavy loads during stacking? We’ll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, keep workers safe, and avoid penalty fines. 1-888-978-7759.
#8 OSHA Violation: Machine Guarding (OSHA 1910.212)
There were 1,933 total violations in 2017 - down from 2,448 in 2016. Exposure to points of operation topped these violations. Machine guarding is meant to protect workers from point-of-operation hazards and dangers caused by ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks. Citations also included exposure of blades and creating dangerous working conditions for employees. Machine guarding, guard rails and bollards protect operators from injury and equipment from tampering and theft. Guarding is a safety feature designed to shield workers from manufacturing and other engineering equipment while in close proximity of or while operating equipment.
Machine guards are designed to protect personnel from dangerous machinery including conveyor belts, welding systems, stretch wrappers, and other automated equipment. Guarding provides personnel safety and protects equipment from wear and tear as well as theft.
Guard rails provide personnel, inventory, and equipment protection in various applications including warehouses, factories, passages and more.
Bollards & Safety Guards
Bollards provide personnel and equipment protection for various indoor and outdoor applications including warehouse, factory floors, loading areas and more.
Call us today, so we can help determine your hazard communication needs. Is machine guarding going to be used for equipment, inventory, or personnel protection? Outdoor or indoor use? Remember that guarding is easily assembled for installation and customization within your facility and units are pre-drilled for quick and easy installation. Hi-visibility OSHA and ANSI signs will help you communicate potential warnings to keep workers safe. 1-888-978-7759.
#9 OSHA Violation: Fall Protection - Training Requirements (OSHA 1926.503)
This OSHA standard requires employers to provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program needs to prepare and enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards - then ensure that each employee has been trained, as necessary, by a qualified person.
There were 1,523 fall protection training violations in 2017. This category wasn’t on the top ten list in 2016 so it’s important that you review it for compliance.
These will keep workers suspended in the upright position during a fall and offer additional support while waiting for assistance. Harnesses must be used in conjunction with lanyards, self-retracting lifelines, or other fall restraint devices to prevent injury.
Belts give workers and employees a safe body cradle for climbing and hanging from elevated places for construction, electrical, mining, or other elevated work. All belts meet suspension requirements. Intended for use with counter weight and pulley. Not to be used for fall-arrest.
A lanyard is flexible webbing, synthetic or wire rope used to secure a safety belt or full body harness to a lifeline or anchor.
Allow freedom of movement while providing protection against falls. Lifeline feeds out slowly and locks when jerked (like a seatbelt) to ensure safe and reliable use. Quick acting speed sensing brake system activates at once, significantly reducing the risk of hitting the ground.
Carabiners & Anchorage Connectors
Carabiners allow anchoring and connecting versatility for rope, slings, lanyards, and more.
Call us today, so we can help determine your fall protection training needs. Remember that this particular standard was not on the 2016 list so make sure you are providing the appropriate training in accordance with OSHA standards and requirements. Specify the work applications where fall protection training communication is needed and we’ll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, keep workers safe, and avoid penalty fines. 1-888-978-7759.
Need more information? Check out OSHA's Fall Protection Training Requirements Overview Page or OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards
#10 OSHA Violation: Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (OSHA 1910.305)
Faulty electrical wiring methods accounted for 1,405 violations—down from 1,937 in 2016. Frequent violations include improper use of extension cords. Maintaining OSHA standards in electrical wiring methods requires general safety measures which should be designed by a qualified person. Following OSHA standards for electrical wiring installation and usage will avoid fire and electrical shock injuries.
Electrical Testing Equipment
Electrical Testing Equipment is essential for the testing and maintenance of power systems and equipment. Testing equipment is built using precision circuitry and components to ensure electrical safety and reliability.
These give you protection against electric shock by shutting off a power circuit when a change in current is detected. Impact resistant thermoplastic or PVC construction is safe and durable. Surge hardened electronics offer superior resistance to surges and over-voltages. GFCIs can be installed into electrical systems or built into power cords for increased versatility. Make sure they meet NEC, CEC, UL, CSA and OSHA regulations.
Plugs and Connectors
Used for a variety of commercial and industrial wiring applications. Built using impact, chemical or water-resistant housing for safety and durability. Designed for easy wiring and a range of voltages. Additional features include cord grip with radius teeth, dust seal around cord, water tight connectors and more. Make sure they meet NEMA, ANSI, UL and CSA standards.
Electric Circuit Breakers are panelboard mounted and feature a non-interchangeable trip molded case to meet OSHA standards for safety. The insulated housing provides additional workplace and installation safety measures.
Call us today, so we can help determine your electrical wiring needs. Be aware of the OSHA standards and requirements for grounding of electrical equipment, wiring and insulation for specific work environments. I.e. industrial/commercial, indoor/outdoor, temperature, moisture, etc. Check voltage, current and any local codes that need to be considered. Lastly, make sure you have the proper protective equipment for electrical equipment. We'll help determine what you need to maintain compliance, keep workers safe, and avoid penalty fines. 1-888-978-7759.