The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was created to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for employees. Employers must provide a workplace that's free from serious hazards and that follows all OSHA requirements, such as these high-profile safety and health standards:
- Confined Spaces
- Forklift Safety
- Hazard Communication
- Injury & Illness Recordkeeping (OSHA 300 Log)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
OSHA compliance training is required for employees as part of several standards. View our training checklist to see what may be required for your business. In addition, written safety plans are required for several industries. Browse our safety plan solutions. Plus, see our temporary worker safety page as well as the OSHA compliance training solutions below.
- OSHA deputy assistant secretary provides rulemaking updates (12-04-18)
- OIG report: OSHA must improve employer injury, illness reporting (11-30-18)
- Court upholds multi-employer citations in its jurisdiction (11-28-18)
- Free Whitepaper – The Writing’s on the Wall: Signs play an important role in your safety program
- Free Whitepaper – OSHA inspections: Are you prepared?
Essential OSHA Safety Solutions
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Most Cited OSHA Standards
Which OSHA regulations are most commonly violated? Take a look at the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards in fiscal year 2017 (October 2016 through September 2017):
- Duty to have fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) – view OSHA Fall Protection solutions →
- Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) – view OSHA Hazard Communication solutions →
- Scaffolds, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) – view OSHA Scaffolding solutions →
- Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) – view OSHA Respiratory Protection solutions →
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) – view OSHA Lockout/Tagout solutions →
- Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) – view OSHA Ladder & Stairway solutions →
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) – view OSHA Forklift Safety solutions →
- Machines, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212) – view OSHA Machine Guarding solutions →
- Fall Protection–Training, construction (29 CFR 1926.503) – view Fall Protection Training solutions →
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) – view OSHA Electrical Safety solutions →
With the buzz surrounding OSHA's stepped-up enforcement, employers often wonder what their chances are for an inspection. While almost any employer could be inspected on any given day, there are certain factors that increase the likelihood of an inspection, including:
- Imminent danger — often triggered by a call from an employee or member of the public, a referral from another agency or a plain-view observation.
- Fatality/catastrophe — triggered by incidents involving a death, hospitalization, amputation, or loss of eye.
- Worker complaints and referrals — triggered by allegations of hazards or violations.
- Targeted inspections — triggered by National Emphasis Programs, and Regional and Local Emphasis Programs.
- Follow-up inspections — triggered by citations issued in the past. OSHA conducts follow-up inspections to ensure hazards have been abated at a specific facility and other locations of the same company where it believes similar hazards likely exist.
OSHA conducts approximately 40,000 inspections per year, resulting in adjusted penalties of approximately $35 million. See below for more facts and figures regarding OSHA inspection.
Federal OSHA Inspections — By the Numbers
|Reason for inspection||Description||Frequency|
|National, regional, local emphasis programs|| ||40-50% of all inspections.|
|Complaints|| ||25% of all inspections|
|Referrals from other agencies|| ||13% of all inspections|
|Follow-up from prior inspection|| ||Varies|
|Severe injury reports|| ||1,800 per year|
More OSHA Resources
- Training Checklist — Use this checklist to find out which OSHA training requirements may apply to your workplace.
- KellerOnline® Safety Professional of the Year (
SPOTY) Award — Learn how other safety professionals are creating and implementing unique workplace safety programs within their organizations.