OSHA’s Top Ten List, 2021

OSHA’s Top Ten List, 2021

Another year, another NSC Congress & Expo, another revealing of the OSHA's Top Ten list for the previous OSHA fiscal year.

On October 12, 2021, OSHA announced their list of the 10 most commonly cited safety and health standard violations for their fiscal year of 2021.

As is always or is almost always the case, (1) the list is pretty similar to past years and (2) OSHA's 1926 Fall Protection for Construction standard sits on the top at #1 with 5,295 cited violations. According to the NSC, this is the 11th year in a row that fall protection topped the list.

The 1910 Respiratory Protection standard is in second on the list, which you've got to assume has something to do with the still-on-going COVID pandemic.

And another noteworthy move within the list that the NSC calls out is the 1910.122 Haz-Com standard, which dropped from #2 in recent years down to #5. Quick note here: Yes, we DO offer SDS & Chemical Management software along with our Vector EHS Safety Management software, LiveSafe Mobile Risk Communication platform, and our online safety and health training platform, including elearning courses and an LMS. 

The rest of the list is below, and yes, we offer online safety and health training courses for ALL of these standards. We'll return to this issue in December when OSHA and the NSC release additional information.

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,295 violations
  2. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,527
  3. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,026
  4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 1,948
  5. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 1,947
  6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 1,698
  7. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,666
  8. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,452
  9. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,420
  10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,113

Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.

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