The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018). OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up.

Slips, trips and falls continue to be some of the leading causes of injuries for employees in the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust, resulting in over 15 percent of the total claims during 2018. Cities should complete job hazard analysis and determine what hazards employees encounter on the job. Use OSHA's interactive Hazard Identification Training Tool to learn the core concepts of hazard identification and determine if city practices are compliant with the standard requirements.

1.      Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
2.      Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
3.      Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
4.      Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
5.      Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
6.      Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
7.      Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
8.      Fall protection, training requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
9.      Machinery and machine guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
10.  Eye and face protection (29 CFR 1926.102)

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