Steer clear of these top OSHA violations if you want to avoid thousands in fines.
Theoretically, OSHA is great. They care about keeping your job sites clear of hazards, and so do you. In practice, though, complying with all of OSHA’s requirements can be quite the undertaking. We want to help you avoid the financial burden of a citation ($2,000 for a serious violation, on average!), so we’ve compiled this list of the top OSHA violations. Avoid these all-too-common hazards to avoid penalty.
- Fall Protection. The top violation for which OSHA fines employers is in the area of fall protection. If your worker is 6 feet or more off the ground, you absolutely need to put some kind of protection in place. These safeguards should comply with ANSI-Z359 safety standard and OSHA 29 CFR.
- Hazard Communication. You might be surprised to learn that the second-ranked violation isn’t tangible, but is entirely based on words. Make sure you’re staying up to date on changing hazard communication regulation, identifying all chemical hazards on your job sites, and properly sharing the relevant information with your employees.
- Scaffolding. If you’ve got scaffolding on your site, there’s a risk. OSHA knows this, and regularly writes employers up for not properly mitigating that risk. Make sure you and all of your employees are following established guidelines when working on – or even near – scaffolding of ten or more feet.
- Respiratory Protection. Not only do you need to be offering your employees protection from air contaminants (e.g. fumes, vapors, dust), you also need to make sure that protection fits properly. Make sure you know what kind of protection requires fit testing.
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