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Top 10 OSHA Violations: 2022


OSHA has released data for the top 10 most-cited standards in fiscal year 2022. The data includes violations cited between Oct. 1, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2022.

For the 12th year running, Fall Protection – General Requirements was the most frequently cited standard with more than double the citations of the second most-cited standard. Despite this remarkable consistency, or perhaps because of it, safety practices around working at elevated heights have continued to evolve. 

The 10 most-cited standards in 2022 remained the same as in 2021, though the order shifted somewhat. Hazard Communication jumped from fifth to second, with a 25% increase in cited violations. The biggest drop in cited violations occurred in Scaffolding, with a 19% decrease. Respiratory Protection, which surged early in the pandemic, fell from second to third in 2022, but was still more prominent than it had been before COVID-19.

The chart below gives fiscal year 2022 data alongside the data from FY 2021. OSHA’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. See recent OSHA Top 10 results here: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

OSHA Standard FY 2022 Data Previous Year Data

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)

5,980 Violations

No. 1 with 5,271 Violations

2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

2,682 Violations

No. 5 with 1,939 Violations

3. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

2,471 Violations

No. 2 with 2,521 Violations

4. Ladders (1926.1053)

2,430 Violations

No. 3 with 2,018 Violations

5. Scaffolding (1926.451)

2,285 Violations

No. 4 with 2,538 Violations

6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

2,175 Violations

No. 6 with 1,670 Violations

7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

1,922 Violations

No. 9 with 1,404 Violations

8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)

1,778 Violations

No. 7 with 1,660 Violations

9. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)

1,582 Violations

No. 8 with 1,451 Violations

10. Machine Guarding (1910.212)

1,488 Violations

No. 10 with 1,105 Violations

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