OSHA’s Top 10 for 2012

by Amy Leung, Risk Control Advisor

As the year comes to a close, we reflect on what has been accomplished and begin to set new horizons for the coming year. As you develop your organization’s goals, please don’t forget safety and reducing the exposure and severity of accidents. Here are OSHA’s top 10 most cited violations for Fiscal Year of 2012.

1. Fall Protection– When required, standard addresses systems and procedures to protect employees from falls.

2. Hazard Communication– Addresses the hazards of chemicals used in the workplace and governs the communication of those hazards to employees.

3. Scaffolding– General safety requirements of design, construction and use in the workplace.

4. Respiratory Protection – When required, establishment and maintenance of a respiratory protection program including: program administration, procedures, training, medical evaluations, and respirator maintenance.

5. Ladders – General safety requirements of inspection, maintenance and use.

6. Machinery and Machine Guarding – Protection of operators and other employees from hazards created by point of operation, nip points, rotating parts and debris.

7. Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts and Motorized Hand Trucks) – Standards of design, maintenance, and operator training requirements.

8. Electrical – Wiring Methods – Addresses grounding of electrical equipment, wiring and insulation. Includes temporary wiring and splicing, flexible cords (extension cords) and cables.

9. Lockout/Tagout – Minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.

10. Electrical – General Requirements – General safety requirements for designing electrical systems.

Take a moment to consider this list and review the policies and programs applicable to your operations. If you need assistance in reviewing any of your programs or developing one, contact our Risk Control Advisor, Amy Leung at mailto:aleung@cavignac.com or 619-744-0589.