Top 5 Manufacturing OSHA Violations in 2019
OSHA violations can be a double whammy for manufacturing companies. Not only can these lead to impactful workers’ compensation losses, but there can also be substantial monetary penalties dealt out by OSHA. The first step to avoiding these concerns is awareness.
These are the top 5 OSHA violations from 2019 for manufacturers to look out for in 2020:
1. Standard 1910.147 – The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
a. 1,961 citations resulting in $11,016,537 in penalties in 2019
Lockout/tagout procedures need to be developed by manufacturers for isolating energy sources when servicing or maintaining their equipment or machinery. This should be addressed by establishing a written procedure and training employees on that procedure. Periodic audits should also be conducted to identify any improvements that can be made to the procedure as well as violations of that procedure. Violations should be handled aggressively, as the danger and potential cost of violating proper procedure is very serious.
2. Standard 1910.212 – General requirements for all machines (machine guarding)
a. 1,408 citations resulting in $9,938,773 in penalties in 2019
Machine guarding requires each machine to have adequate safeguards in place to protect operators from the machine’s hazards. Not only can having the guards in place be important but educating employees on the machine guards can also help reduce the risk of injury. Providing an employee with an understanding of how the guards can protect them and the different types of safeguards is a best practice that can help minimize risks from machinery.
3. Standard 1910.1200 – Hazard communication
a. 1,377 citations resulting in $1,939,182 in penalties in 2019
Hazard communication should always have a formal program in place that includes a list of hazardous chemicals in the workplace as well as their safety data sheets. Storage and labels also need to be made a point of emphasis to ensure accidents do not arise from an employee unknowingly being exposed to dangerous chemicals. An emergency action plan should be taught to all applicable employees informing them of proper procedures if there is a spill or other emergency situations.
4. Standard 1910.134 – Respiratory protection
a. 1,286 citations resulting in $1,407,532 in penalties in 2019
Respiratory protection requires education on why the respirator is necessary. Employees should also understand how improper usage can compromise the effectiveness of the respirator. It is important for employees to be properly fit tested for respirators. Respirators should be inspected before and after each use, as well as cleaned after each use.
5. Standard 1910.178 – Powered industrial trucks
a. 879 citations resulting in $2,189,323 in penalties in 2019
Powered industrial trucks should have safety protocols put in place to address fire protection, design, maintenance, and proper use. Training and evaluations of operators is vital. Training should include operating instructions, warnings, and precautions, as well as any workplace-related topics such as surface conditions and composition of loads.
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