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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports the following activity in fiscal year 2019:
The top 10 most frequently cited violations in FY 2019 were: fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding, lockout/tagout, respiratory protection, ladders, powered industrial trucks, fall protection (training), machine guarding, and eye and face protection. In the top two categories there were 6,010 fall protection violations in FY 2019, compared to 7,270 in FY 2018, 6,072 in FY 2017 and 6,906 in FY 2016. For hazard communication, there were 3,671 violations in FY 2019, 4,552 in FY 2018, 4,176 in FY 2017 and 5,665 in FY 2016. OSHA publishes citations and related penalties on its enforcement page.
Effective Oct. 1, 2019, the agency implemented a new inspection weighting system to encourage “appropriate allocation of resources.” OSHA weights certain inspections based on the time it takes to complete an inspection or, in some cases, the impact of the inspection on workplace safety and health. The revised system takes into account additional influencing factors such as types of hazards inspected and abated, site-specific targeting and agency priorities.
According to OSHA’s Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions for this year, the agency plans to:
The unified agenda also includes proposed rules for communication tower safety, welding in construction confined spaces, occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in construction and shipyard sectors, and updates to the Hazard Communication Standard.
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