In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determined that 10 of their standards and guidelines were violated more times than many of the others. They found that companies violated the guidelines in all or part, on a regular basis. The OSHA guidelines are in place to ensure each employee has a safe environment in which to perform their duties.
The top 10 violated OSHA guidelines include:
- Electrical, General Guidelines (does not include wiring, instead governs electrical equipment)
- Electrical Wiring Guidelines and Standards
- Hazardous Machine Protection Guidelines (machines that have moving parts that move in various directions)
- Guidelines for Ladder Use (proper ladder height and stability)
- Guidelines for Industrial Power Trucks (proper training for fork trucks and other power-driven pieces of machinery)
- Effective Lockout/Tagout Procedures (access to warning labels and other materials to secure the machine)
- Respiratory Protection Programs (available masks and respiratory units)
- Mandatory Scaffold Guidelines (pertaining to height and weight limit)
- Fall Protection Measures (for specific heights: 2 ft., 4 ft., 6 ft., 8 ft., 10. ft., 12. ft., etc.)
- No Written Hazard Communications (MSDS sheets and warning labels)
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Companies who fail to comply are subject to fines that will gradually increase if the guidelines are not complied with. In most cases, when a company is found to be in violation of any of OSHA's regulations or guidelines, management is notified and they’re given a specific amount of time to correct the problems. If the company is not in full compliance by the deadline given, the company could face hefty fines or even closure if the violations are severe enough.