OSHA Inspections and Environmental Compliance

OSHA’s Top-Ten Citations

OSHA inspections are, more often than not, conducted without advance notice. In the manufacturing industry, between October 2005 and September 2006, OSHA cited facilities 33,182 times with fines totaling over 25 million dollars. The following Top-Ten list was generated by OSHA as the most frequently cited standards in the manufacturing industry between October 2005 and September 2006 (Previous rankings in parentheses):

1. 1910.147 The control of hazardous energy – Lock Out / Tag Out (1)
2. 1910.1200 Hazard Communication (3)
3. 1910.212 General requirements for all machines – Guarding (2)
4. 1910.134 Respiratory Protection (4)
5. 1910.305 Wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use – Electrical (7)
6. 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks (10)
7. 1910.219 Mechanical power-transmission apparatus (6)
8. 1910.303 General requirements – Electrical (8)
9. 1910.213 Woodworking machinery requirements (unranked)
10. 1910.215 Abrasive wheel machinery (unranked)

OSHA standards are complex and contain many requirements for creating and maintaining a safe work environment. Facilities that are not familiar with the details of the OSHA Standards have a greater chance of being cited during a surprise inspection. CTI is familiar with the OSHA Standards and often conducts compliance assessments at facilities wanting to be in compliance with the OSHA Standards prior to an inspection.

OSHA has also published a list of the most frequently cited standards overall (manufacturing, general and construction industries) during the October 2005 to September 2006 time period.

1. 1926.451 Scaffolding, general requirements – construction
2. 1926.501 Fall protection, construction
3. 1910.1200 Hazard communication – general industry
4. 1910.134 Respiratory protection – general industry
5. 1910.147 Control of hazardous energy, Lock Out / Tag Out – general industry
6. 1910.178 Powered industrial trucks – general industry
7. 1910.305 Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment – general industry
8. 1910.212 Machines, general requirement – Guarding – general industry
9. 1926.1053 Ladders – construction
10. 1910.303 Electrical systems design, general requirements – general industry

OSHA issues citations for violations of the standards in order to help maintain employee safety and prevent injuries in the work place. Call CTI today to schedule a compliance assessment if your facility is in doubt of the standards applicable to your facility. CTI can help get your facility into compliance prior to your OSHA inspection.


Published by Stephen Kovatch

Senior Client Manager  Stephen J. Kovatch focuses on assisting clients in establishing corporate regulatory compliance programs in the areas of air, water, and waste management. Mr. Kovatch also provides direction to industrial facility owners who are active in the transaction of contaminated property by defining objectives, coordinating soil and water sampling protocols, risk assessment, and remedial / cleanup activities. He frequently represents clients in property sales negotiations and regulatory agency and insurance proceedings.

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