OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2014

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its list of top 10 violations for 2014. While the list contenders don’t change often, the one thing that they all have in common is they’re preventable – with a little planning and foresight.

Here are some of this year’s top violations and ways to help make you MIOSHA-visit ready:

  1. Hazard communication: More than 5,000 violations were cited about insufficient communication around handling hazardous materials. Common mistakes such as failing to have a written program, failing to have safety data sheets, labeling mistakes, and lack of employee training can all be combated with proper safety communication programs. Learn how to save serious dollars by taking safety seriously here.
  2. Respiratory protection:A lack of a written safety program and basic communication was the most common reason more than 3,000 businesses received violation notices. Other common reasons for citations included not performing a medical evaluation on employees who must wear respirators, failing to select and provide a respirator appropriate for the activity, failing to conduct fit testing, and failing to train employees on appropriate use.

    Breathing is basic – making sure your employees fully understand your safety policy around respirators, and are putting them to good use, can not only help your employees stay healthy and safe, but save you big in the long run.


  3. Machine guarding: More than 2,000 violations were racked up during the last year because machine guards were removed or employees weren’t properly trained on safe use of shop machines. Employers should make sure to guard point of operation hazards, ingoing nip points, blades, rotating parts, and any other part of the machinery that may pose a hazard. Make sure that guards remain in place and are not removed by employees.

View the full list of top 10 violations here.