Top 10 Cited OSHA Standards for Fiscal 2015

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Top 10 Cited OSHA Standards for Fiscal 2015

OSHA released their list of Top 10 most frequently cited standards for the fiscal year 2015 ( October 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015).

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/ Tagout   (as it applies to the control of energy during servicing and/or maintenance of machines and equipment)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Electrical – General Requirements

These figures are current as of January 5, 2016. They represent the standards cited in federal OSHA inspections at various work sites.

The total number of federal inspections in 2015 was 35,820.

The 2015 list is the same as the 2014 list, with only a few of the standards listed in a different order. “Electrical – Wiring Methods” fell to #8 this year from #7 last year. “Electrical – General Requirements” remains at #10.

OSHA publishes this list annually because they want employers to take note of recognized hazards at their own work sites and fix them before OSHA comes in and does an inspection. OSHA standards establish the minimum performance requirements desired to protect workers from workplace hazards.



Hugh Hoagland

does research and testing of PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Hugh is a Sr. Consultant at ArcWear and Sr. Partner at e-Hazard. Read more about Hugh.

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    roger wilson

    I am in appreciation for your comments and study on the face shield requirements for high Voltage work and the differences in safety glasses for some work. That has been an ongoing bone of contention for many. Thank you for sharing and great seminars.

    Roger Wilson

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