Top OSHA Violations & What You Need to Prevent Them

May 11 2021

It comes as no surprise that doing things the quick and easy way, versus the practiced, standard way can often result in negative outcomes. When it comes to worksites, this means injuries and often OSHA citations. If you read through the OSHA newsletter, you’ll find dozens of articles about companies facing large fines for violating standards. You’ve probably even seen some violations happening yourself, and never realized there was an issue. Curious what some of the top OSHA citations are? Keep reading!

    • Fall protection. Falls are one of the most serious injuries and are among the most common of all workplace traumas. Therefore, fall protection is also one of the most cited violations. The type of fall protection you need depends on your worksite. For example, “Each employee who is constructing a leading edge 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected from falling by guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.“
    • Hazard communication. To put it simply, hazard communication means having labels, safety data sheets and training for employees when handling chemicals. With the right information, injuries resulting from chemical exposure can be treated correctly.
    • Respiratory protection. Not all respirators are the same, and having the correct one is important for protecting workers' lung health. A particulate respirator is necessary for healthcare workers, but it won’t provide adequate protection against higher hazards like gas on other job sites.
    • Ladders. Ladder safety comes under the fall protection classification, and it’s important to know exactly which ladder you should be using for the job to ensure it is capable of supporting workers. Here is a helpful guide from OSHA.
    • Eye and face protection. We’ve written before about the importance of eye protection, and that’s because it is often left aside due to forgetfulness, or the wrong eye protection is being used. Following OSHA protocols means that eye and face protection must be provided to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.

Avoid citations on your jobsite by following OSHA standards and supplying your team with all of the proper safety gear! OBBCO carries nearly everything you need to keep your team safe. Browse our inventory online, or give us a call today at (757) 420-4000

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