OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards of 2019

Updated: Jul 29

April 7, 2020 – Every year OSHA publishes their most frequently cited standards online for public access. Users can run reports using query tools (Frequently Cited and Industry Profile) to access records on compliance and enforcement activities by industry sector (NAICS code) and size of the organization (number of employees).  Information collected from the database is particularly useful to the safety practitioner as a means to reinforce hazard surveillance activities, generate awareness in safety meetings, or gain insight into compliance priorities in their workplace health and safety program. See for yourself which standards were cited the most for your industry in 2019: Frequently Cited OSHA Standards: allows the user to determine the most frequently cited Federal and State OSHA standards for a given NAICS code. Industry Profile for an OSHA Standard: enables the user to determine which NAICS classifications have the most occurrences of citations for a specified OSHA standard. If you’re familiar with OSHA’s query tools then you know they are simple and straightforward to use, but contain massive amounts of data with limited filtering options. To save you time, we searched OSHA’s database for the 2019 fiscal year (October 2018 through September 2019) to determine the top 10 most frequently cited standards across all industries (Table 1), as well as the single most reoccurring citation received by each of the (24) NAICS economic sectors (Table 2). Table 1. Top 10 Standards Cited in 2019 (All Industries) Data retrieved February 29, 2020 from Industry ProfileRankStandardDescriptionTot #CitTot #InspTot $Pen 1 1926.501 Duty to have fall protection. 7,142 6,938 $39,104,209 2 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 4,029 2,242 $5,104,432 3 1926.451 General requirements. 3,317 1,648 $10,320,944 4 1910.134 Respiratory Protection. 2,873 1,275 $3,748,729 5 1926.1053 Ladders. 2,863 2,355 $7,107,783 6 1910.147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout). 2,846 1,621 $16,110,207 7 1910.178 Powered industrial trucks. 2,385 1,633 $7,277,263 8 1926.503 Training requirements. 2,133 2,076 $3,336,035 9 1910.212 General requirements for all machines. 1,970 1,792 $13,415,321 10 1926.102 Eye and face protection. 1,661 1,654 $4,287,650 Tot #Cit = the sum of the citations for the standard across all industries Tot #Insp = the number of inspections in which one or more standard citations were issued across all industries (Note that the total is not the sum of the number of inspections associated with each standard cited: multiple standards may be cited in one inspection) Tot $Pen = the sum of the fines for the standard across all industries Table 2. Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standard per Sector in 2019 Data retrieved February 29, 2020 from Frequently CitedNAICS code / Economic sectorStandardDescription#Cit#Insp$Pen 11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 44 27 $54,936 21 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 81 50 $193,814 22 Utilities 1910.0269 Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution. 32 14 $624,525 23 Construction 1926.0501 Duty to have fall protection. 6,997 6,804 $38,563,896 31 Manufacturing (part 1 of 3) 1910.0147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout). 383 203 $3,320,749 32 Manufacturing (part 2 of 3) 1910.0147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout). 924 528 $5,377,967 33 Manufacturing (part 3 of 3) 1910.0134 Respiratory Protection. 983 430 $1,055,929 42 Wholesale Trade 1910.0178 Powered industrial trucks. 346 224 $1,391,630 44 Retail Trade (part 1 of 2) 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 197 108 $210,793 45 Retail Trade (part 2 of 2) 1910.0037 Maintenance, safeguards, and operational features for exit routes. 76 65 $2,225,811 48 Transportation and Warehousing (1 of 2) 1910.0178 Powered industrial trucks. 122 74 $633,253 49 Transportation and Warehousing (2 of 2) 1910.0178 Powered industrial trucks. 198 132 $791,194 51 Information 1910.0178 Powered industrial trucks. 11 6 $31,126 52 Finance and Insurance 1904.0039 — No Description Found — 5 5 $18,500 53 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 39 22 $48,731 54 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 54 25 $31,279 55 Management of Companies and Enterprises 1926.1053 Ladders. 2 1 $8,335 56 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 167 97 $341,718 61 Educational Services 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 13 5 $16,246 62 Health Care and Social Assistance 1910.1030 Bloodborne pathogens. 268 102 $498,886 71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 66 35 $68,409 72 Accommodation and Food Services 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 169 92 $323,422 81 Other Services (except Public Administration) 1910.1200 Hazard Communication. 323 147 $254,276 92 Public Administration 1910.0303 General. 67 56 $0 #Cit = the number of times the specified standard was cited for that sector #Insp = the number of inspections in which the specified standard was cited for that sector $Pen = the total penalty amount currently assessed for the specified (#cited) citations for that sector

While 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication was the most cited standard for 10 of the 24 NAICS economic sectors, 1926.501 – Duty to have fall protection, received the most citations, overall, across all industries in 2019 (7,142 citations). There’s no excuse for a lack of discussion at your upcoming safety meeting if you include 2019 citation statistics in your agenda. This month, challenge your team to identify a hazard (or good practice!) that aligns with the top cited standard(s) for your industry. It may be a good idea, also, to review the regulatory requirements and operational processes that relate to those standard(s) with your team as a refresher.

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