Small business owners, it’s time to take note. For the 13th consecutive year, lack of fall protection has remained at the top of the list of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited workplace safety violations. Workplace safety is not only a moral obligation but also a legal requirement that can have a profound impact on your business. This blog dives into OSHA’s top 10 safety violations for fiscal year 2023 and provides essential insights for small business owners to keep their workplaces safe and avoid costly penalties.
General Fall Protection (7,271 Violations)
Fall protection has consistently ranked as the number one violation for over a decade. This includes ensuring employees are properly equipped with fall protection gear when working at heights. Small businesses, particularly those in the construction or maintenance industries, must prioritize training and equipment to prevent falls and protect their workers.
Hazard Communication (3,213 Violations)
Hazard communication violations involve failing to properly label and communicate chemical hazards in the workplace. Small business owners must establish clear protocols for handling, storing, and labeling hazardous materials to protect their employees from potentially dangerous exposures.
Ladders (2,978 Violations)
Ladder safety to avoid accidents is essential. Ensure your employees receive training on ladder safety, regularly inspect and maintain your ladders, and provide the appropriate type and size of ladder for the task at hand.
Scaffolding (2,859 Violations)
Scaffolding is a common component of many construction projects. Small businesses involved in construction need to maintain, inspect, and assemble scaffolding according to OSHA’s standards to prevent accidents and ensure worker safety.
Powered Industrial Trucks (2,560 Violations)
Proper training and maintenance are key if your business uses forklifts or other industrial trucks. Small business owners must ensure their operators are trained and certified, and that equipment is maintained to avoid accidents.
Lockout/Tagout (2,554 Violations)
Lockout/tagout procedures are crucial for protecting employees during equipment maintenance and repair. Small businesses must have clear lockout/tagout protocols to prevent accidental machine starts.
Respiratory Protection (2,481 Violations)
Protecting employees from airborne hazards is paramount. Small business owners should provide appropriate respiratory protection, conduct fit testing, and implement effective safety measures to prevent respiratory-related illnesses and injuries.
Fall Protection Training Requirements (2,112 Violations)
In addition to providing fall protection equipment, small business owners must ensure their employees receive proper training in using this equipment. Training can save lives and prevent costly violations.
Personal Protective And Lifesaving Equipment: Eye And Face Protection (2,074 Violations)
Protecting workers’ eyes and faces is a top priority. Proper eye and face protection, such as goggles or face shields, should be provided and worn in areas with potential hazards.
Machine Guarding (1,644 Violations)
Machine guarding violations occur when equipment is not properly protected. Small businesses must regularly inspect and maintain their machinery to prevent accidents, injuries, and OSHA violations.
Protect Your Business – Partner With A PEO
As a small business owner, understanding OSHA’s top 10 safety violations for 2023 is essential for the well-being of your employees and the success of your business. Failing to address these violations jeopardizes your workforce’s safety and can result in costly penalties and legal issues. Fortunately, you could partner with GMS, a professional employer organization (PEO), to navigate this complex aspect of your business. We provide business owners with experienced safety experts who can help you proactively protect your business and employees.
GMS’ safety team has the knowledge and resources to assess your workplace, implement safety measures, and ensure compliance with OSHA regulations, all before OSHA comes knocking on your door. By partnering with GMS, you can confidently navigate the complex world of workplace safety and focus on growing your business while leaving safety concerns in capable hands. Contact our team of experts today!