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OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards of 2019

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 Profile

Rank Standard Description Tot #Cit Tot #Insp Tot $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 Cited

NAICS code /
Economic sector
Standard Description #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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