OSHA recently revealed its top 10 most frequently cited standards in the 2023 fiscal year using preliminary data. This information is valuable for businesses of all kinds, as it helps them identify common exposures that affect their workforce and gives them the information they need to plan their compliance programs.

For 2023, the top 10 most cited standards were as follows:

Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2023 (2)

2023 Top 10 OSHA Violations

  1. Fall protection—General requirements: 7,271 violations
  2. Hazard communication: 3,213 violations
  3. Ladders: 2,978 violations
  4. Scaffolding: 2,859 violations
  5. Powered industrial trucks: 2,561 violations
  6. Lockout/tagout: 2,554 violations
  7. Respiratory protection: 2,481 violations
  8. Fall protection—Training requirements: 2,112 violations
  9. Personal protective and life-saving equipment—Eye and face protection: 2,074 violations
  10. Machine guarding: 1,644 violations

Changes from 2022 OSHA Top 10 Violations

Several standards changed positions from fiscal year 2022. For instance, “respiratory protection” moved down to number seven and “powered industrial trucks” moved up to number five. What’s more, “fall protection—general requirements” remained OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the 13th consecutive fiscal year.

This data is preliminary and may be subject to change.

Jake Mahin, GSP

Safety and Loss Control Consultant

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