OSHA’s Top Ten Citations, 2018

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As happens every year, the OSHA’s Top Ten Citations list was announced at the NSC Safety Congress and Expo.

We’ve got the 2018 list and data for you below. Check it out to see what OSHA inspectors have been issuing citations for this past year.

When OSHA releases their extended data on these standard citations, which typically happens in December or January, we’ll get you that information as well.

And, if you want to see how these citations have changed or stayed the same in recent years, check out our historical record of OSHA’s Top Ten Citations.

OSHA’s 2018 Top Ten Citations: The List

Here’s the actual list of the 10 standards that OSHA most frequently wrote citations for in fiscal year 2017. They’re arranged with the most frequently cited standard at the top (#1) and the 10th-most frequently cited standard at the bottom (#10).

  1. Fall Protection–General Requirements, 1926.501; 7,270 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 1910.1200; 4,552 violations
  3. Scaffolding, 1926.451; 3,336 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 1910.134; 3,118 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147; 2,944 violations
  6. Ladders, 1926.1053; 2,812 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178; 2,294 violations
  8. Fall Protection–Training Requirements, 1926.503; 1,982 violations
  9. Machine Guarding, 1910.212; 1,972 violations
  10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment-Eye and Face Protection, 1926.102; 1,536 violations

OSHA’s 2018 Top Ten Citations List: Some Quick Thoughts

Looking at the OSHA Top Ten list for 2018 above, here are a few quick thoughts:

  • A lot of the usual suspects appear on the list, as they always do every year
  • Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment–Eye and Face Protection, 1926.102, in 10th on the list this year but didn’t appear last year
  • There were nearly 1,100 MORE citations for Fall Protection–General Requirements this year than there were last year

What catches your eye on a quick glance?

Remember, when we get more data on all this in December or so we’ll analyze it more deeply.

Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, mentioned at the NSC Congress and Expo that the citations in this OSHA’s Top Ten list made up nearly 50% of all OSHA citations in the year, and he said this:

Typically, we don’t see changes (in this list) throughout the years. I encourage employers to look at this. There are frequently cited violations. It’s what employers should look at in their workplaces.


Online Safety Training for OSHA’s Top Ten Citations

To help you avoid some of these same citations, here are some online safety training courses for the standards in OSHA’s 2018 Top Ten Citations list.

1. Fall Protection, 1926.501

Fall Protection Resources:

Fall Protection Safety Training Suggestion:

Here’s a sample of our online Fall Prevention and Protection training course.

2. Hazard Communication, 1910.1200

Hazard Communication Resources:

Hazard Communication Training Suggestion

And here’s a sample of our online Hazard Communication training course.

3. Scaffolding, 1926.451

Scaffolding Resources:

Scaffolding Training Suggestions

And here’s a sample of our online Scaffolding training course.

4. Respiratory Protection, 1910.134

Respiratory Protection Resources:

Respiratory Protection Training Suggestions:

We offer quite a few courses on respirators and respiratory protection. Here they are.

Online Respirator Basics Training Course

Online Respirator Medical Evaluation and Fit Testing Training Course

Online Air-Supplying Respirators Training Course

Online Air-Purifying Respirators Training Course

Online Escape Respirator and SCSR Training Course

5. Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147

Lockout/Tagout Resources:

Lockout/Tagout Training Suggestions

We have several courses related to lockout/tagout and control of hazardous energy. Here they are.

Online Lockout-Tagout Training Course (for authorized employees)

Online Lockout-Tagout Training Course (for affected employees)

Online Maintenance Safety Training Course

Online Line Breaking Safety Training Course

Online Blocking and Cribbing Training Course

6. Ladders, 1926.1053

Ladders Resources

Ladders Training Suggestion

Here is a sample of our online ladder safety training course.

7. Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178

Powered Industrial Trucks Resources:

Powered Industrial Trucks Training Suggestions:

Here is a sample of our online Forklift Safety training course.

8. Fall Protection–Training Requirements

Fall Protection Resources:

Fall Protection Safety Training Suggestion:

Here’s a sample of our online Fall Prevention and Protection training course.

9. Machine Guarding, 1910.212

Machine Guarding Resources:

Machine Guarding Training Suggestion:

Here is a sample of our online Machine Guarding training course.

 

10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment–Eye and Face Protection, 1926.102

Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment:

Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment Training Suggestions:

We have several e-learning courses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) and lifesaving equipment. Check out the samples below.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Online Training Course:

Hearing Conservation Online Training Course:

Of course we offer safety and health training courses for topics not on OSHA’s Top Ten list as well. Check out our entire library.

Conclusion: OSHA’s Top Ten Citations, 2018

Hope you found this list of OSHA’s Top Ten Citations helpful. Remember we’ll return to this again when OSHA & the NSC release more data about the citations.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 20 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training.

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