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2023 Top OSHA Violations

05 December, 2023


Top 10: OSHA Violations for 2023: Stay Compliant & Safe

In the realm of occupational safety, staying abreast of the latest developments is crucial to fostering a secure work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continuously updates its guidelines to ensure the well-being of employees across various industries. As we step into 2024, let's take a closer look at the top 10 OSHA violations that demand our attention and action.

Fall Protection: 

1-fall-protection-generalTopping the list, as it often does, is fall protection. Despite years of emphasis on this critical aspect of workplace safety, violations persist. Whether working at heights in construction or navigating elevated platforms, employers must prioritize comprehensive fall protection measures, including proper training and equipment. Brush up on OSHA's Fall Protection Standards

Hazard Communication:

2-hazard-communication-1Communication breakdowns surrounding workplace hazards remain a prevalent issue. Failure to adequately label hazardous substances, provide safety data sheets, and ensure employees comprehend the potential risks can result in severe consequences. Staying compliant with OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard is non-negotiable. Take advantage of DuraLabel's Facility Visual Communication Checklist  


3-laddersLadder safety violations persist across industries. Common issues include the use of damaged ladders, improper placement, and inadequate employee training. Proper ladder usage is essential to preventing falls, making it imperative for employers to address these violations head-on. Here's some handy tips for Ladder Safety Training  


4-scaffoldingImproperly constructed or poorly maintained scaffolding poses significant risks in the construction industry. OSHA violations related to scaffolding often involve issues like inadequate platform support, lack of guardrails, and deficient employee training. Here are some Tips to Break Fall Trends in the Workplace

Powered Industrial Trucks:

5-posered-industrial-trucksIn workplaces where forklifts and other industrial trucks are commonplace, violations related to their operation and maintenance are prevalent. OSHA mandates training programs for operators to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Improve your Forklift Training and Communication  


6-lockout-tagout-1Energy control procedures are critical to preventing accidents during equipment maintenance and servicing. Non-compliance with lockout/tagout protocols, which isolate energy sources, continues to be a major concern. Employers must prioritize thorough training and consistently enforce lockout/tagout procedures. Brush up on Lockout/Tagout Procedures  

Respiratory Protection:

7-respiratory-protectionAs we continue to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, respiratory protection violations have gained prominence. Employers must not only provide appropriate PPE but also ensure that employees understand how to use and maintain respiratory equipment effectively. Here are some handy PPE Training Tips  

Fall Protection—Training Requirements: 

8-fall-protection-trainingWhile fall protection itself tops the list, a specific violation related to training requirements is also prevalent. Employers must not only provide fall protection equipment but also ensure that employees are adequately trained to use it effectively. Use these 5 Tips for Effective Training  

Eye and Face Protection:

9-eye-face-protection-1Failure to provide and enforce the use of appropriate eye and face protection is a recurring violation. Employers must ensure that employees have access to the right PPE and understand its proper use, especially in environments where eye and face hazards are present. Equip workers with this  PPE Usage Infographic  

Machine Guarding:

10-machine-guarding-1Machinery-related violations often involve inadequate safeguards, exposing workers to potential amputations and other serious injuries. Employers must prioritize the installation and maintenance of proper machine guards to mitigate these risks. Make sure your workers aren't Cutting Corners on Machine Safety.  


Improve Safety for 2024 

As we navigate the evolving landscape of workplace safety, addressing these top 10 OSHA violations of 2023 is paramount. Employers, employees, and safety professionals must work collaboratively to foster a culture of safety, where compliance is not just a requirement but a shared commitment to the well-being of all. By staying informed and proactive, we can collectively strive to minimize workplace accidents and create safer, more secure work environments for everyone.


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