OSHA has released its preliminary list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2018. OSHA publishes this Top 10 list annually to help guide employers and workers in identifying the most common hazards in their workplaces. OSHA considers the most frequently cited standards a starting point for organizations to focus on reducing potential hazards that can be the most harmful to their workers.

Fall Protection – General Requirements remains OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the eighth year in a row. The top five violations remained unchanged for the fourth straight year, with Hazard Communication ranking second, Scaffolding third, Respiratory Protection fourth and Lockout/Tagout fifth on the list. Eye and Face Protection appears on the list for the first time in tenth place.

OSHA’s Top 10 preliminary list includes:
Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,270 violations
Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,552
Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,336
Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,118
Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,944
Ladders (1926.1053): 2,812
Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,294
Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,982
Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,972
Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,536

The final Top 10 tally will be released later this year; however, no change in the rankings is anticipated.