OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2010

November 17th, 2010 by

OSHAOSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for the 2010 fiscal year was revealed at The National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in San Diego in EHS Today. Keeping with the trends of previous years, this new top 10 was only slightly different from last year’s top 10. Thomas Galassi, the director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs, listed the 2010 top 10 at the NSC conference and said that OSHA generally sees “a degree of consistency in these violations” and that the “violations relate to falls, contact with equipment and exposure to harmful substances.”

For the second year in a row, we have compiled a list of the top ten violations by Auto Dealers for you.

  1. Hazard Communication
  2. Electrical safety requirements
  3. Abrasive wheel machinery
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. General Duty Clause
  6. Personal Protective Equipment
  7. Walking/Working Surfaces (including stairs and ladders)
  8. Machinery and Machine Guarding
  9. Powered Industrial Trucks
  10. Medical Services and First Aid

Once again, our list was similar to our Top 10 list from last year. Hazard Communication was at the top of the list for a second year in a row and stands out as the most common violation cited by OSHA. Perhaps getting the word out about these haz-com requirements should be at the top of more public relations and association’s top 10 “to-do” lists. “These are very important,” Galassi said. “[They are] lessons learned in the workplace … lessons to take home.”

For more information about the Hazard Communication Standard, visit the OSHA’s Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standards or learn more about OSHA safety, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and employee training.

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2 Responses to “OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2010”

  1. henry says:


    I’ve been looking for a list of OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2010 for almost a month now. Thank you for posting this!

    OSHA 10

  2. Marc says:

    No, not all violations are eqalluy likely to be cited. Inspections can be focused on a specific topic, limiting the likelihood of some errors being noticed. You might be inspected by construction, safety OR health branches. Any one of these inspectors can cite you for anything, but they aren’t all eqalluy likely to notice the same details outside of their personal expertise. BUT since this data is all for the same severity-type of citations, I think this is a normalizing factor of sorts. These are the sort of things that should leap out and scream cite me! cite me! .And, Citation severity isn’t related to any internal corporate factor. It is based upon whether the company meets the standard, whether it is a repeat failure, and how grave the immediate danger to the employee is.The fact the data are from refinery, rather than drilling, operations will effect which standards are applicable. If I continue to procrastinate about my thesis today, I’ll check the OSHA website. I’m really curious as to which standards were cited. I can persuade myself it’s related to my research, maybe?

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