OSHA Releases Top Violations for FY 2022


In an e-newsletter, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2022. The list was presented exclusively with the National Safety Council during the 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo.

Fall Protection – General Requirements remained at the top of the list for the 12th year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication and Respiratory Protection. OSHA’s fiscal year officially ended on Sept. 30.

“OSHA’s annual Top 10 list helps define trends so safety professionals can find the appropriate solutions,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC President and CEO. “Despite advancements in workplace safety, we continue to see the same types of violations each year. It’s more important than ever employers seek education and resources to keep their workers safe.”

The Top 10 most frequently cited standards for FY 2022 are:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,980 violations;
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 2,682;
  3. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,471;
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,430;
  5. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,285;
  6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,175;
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,922;
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,778;
  9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,582;
  10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,488.

Note: The numbers above were pulled from a more recent article from Safety+Health. They have since been updated from the original announcement regarding OSHA’s Top 10 most frequently cited standards for 2022. Additional Top 10 “serious” and “willful” lists can be accessed here.

A more detailed analysis of the Top 10 violations for 2022 is scheduled to be published in the December edition of Safety+Health magazine, a National Safety Council publication.

Past Numbers

In 2021, Respiratory Protection came in at No. 2, counting 2,527 violations that year. Hazard Communication, however, fell from the No. 2 in 2020 to the No. 5 spot with 1,947 violations.

In 2020, Respiratory Protection violations came in at the No. 3 spot, reporting 2,649 violations. This was followed by Scaffolding (2,538) and Ladders (2,129), which have been trading places on the Top 10 list for the last several years.

In 2019, Hazard Communication also came in at No. 2, counting 3,671 violations that year. Respiratory Protection violations, however, rose from the No. 5 spot with 2,450 violations. The same top 10 were also featured in the 2018 list with the spots varying. The Electrical—Wiring Methods violation has not been on the list since 2017.


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