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Craftsman's Cribsheet: OSHA 2019 Top 5 Violations

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The 2019 OSHA violations list was presented at the NSC 2019 Safety Conference and Expo. It covered a citation period between Oct. 1, 2018, and Aug. 15, 2019. Of interest is that the Top 10  list of most frequent citations is evenly split between General Industry (1910) and Construction (1926).

Here are the five most frequent violations applicable to our General Industry precision machining shops, as presented at the NSC 2019 conference.

Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 
3,671 citations
The Hazard communication standard at 1910.1200 protects worker health by informing employees about the risk factors of the chemicals that they can encounter in the workplace. The regulation requires employers to develop implement and maintain a written hazard communication program; to maintain a list of hazardous chemicals using product identifiers from the safety data sheet, provide training and methods to inform workers of hazards of use of chemicals in non- routine tasks. Link: bit.ly/PMPA-PM1119-1

Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 
2,606 citations
The standard requires employers to have a Hazardous Energy Control Program that provides energy control procedures, employee training, periodic inspections and hazard analysis. The goal is to prevent the unexpected energizing, startup or release of stored energy that could injure the worker. Link: bit.ly/PMPA-PM1119-2

Respiratory Protection 
(1910.134) 
2,450 citations
Respiratory protection must be provided by employers in the presence of chemical or other health hazards such as respirable dust. Employers must have a written respiratory protection program, provide training and information about respirator use, and also assure that respirators are medically fit tested. Link: bit.ly/PMPA-PM1119-3

Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 
2,093 citations
The employer shall ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation specified in the standard. 
Link: bit.ly/PMPA-PM1119-4

Machine Guarding—General Requirement (1910.212) 
1,743 citations
It is the responsibility of the employer to provide and insure the usage of “point of operation guards”, or properly applied and adjusted point of operation devices, covering every operation on a mechanical power press. The employer shall establish and follow an inspection program and maintain records of each inspection.
Link: bit.ly/PMPA-PM1119-5


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