OSHA announced its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2022. Since OSHA’s fiscal year doesn’t end until Sept. 30—and this list was published prior to this date—the final results won’t be announced until the beginning of 2023. However, this preliminary list indicates the most violated safety standards for fiscal year 2022.
Preliminary data shows that fall protection (general requirements) is at the top of the list of violations for the 12th year in a row, followed by hazard communication and respiratory protection. While the top 10 standard violations typically stay the same each year, the rankings tend to move around.
Top 10 Cited Workplace Safety Standards 2022
The top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2022 are as follows:
Last year’s top 10 included eye and face protection rather than personal protective and lifesaving equipment.
This top 10 list is no surprise as it almost mimics the last two years top 10 violations lists, OSHA continues to enforce heavily on fall protection as it is noted twice in the top 10 list. Falls, again, are the leading cause of death in the construction industry and if that stays true, OSHA will move continue to have a heavy hand regarding fall protection standards. Companies need to continue to train on the following topics and make adjustments as conditions change in the workplace.
Jake Mahin, GSP
Loss Control and Safety Consultant
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