OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Fiscal Year 2023

It’s crucial for organizations to reflect on their safety practices and strive for continuous improvement each year. To help with that initiative, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has unveiled its preliminary Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Workplace Standards for the fiscal year 2023, from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023. This annual announcement serves as a reminder for companies to thoroughly review their safety protocols. Scott Margolin, Tyndale’s Vice President of Technical, discusses the insights gleaned from the latest OSHA Top 10 list to offer valuable guidance for enhancing safety initiatives in the upcoming year.


Key Insights for Fiscal Year 2023

Consistent Trends: For the sixth straight year, the categories on this list have not included new types of violations; there has merely been a shift in the ranking for some categories. Once again, Fall Protection is the most cited standard, maintaining the top spot for 12 consecutive years. Hazard Communication has held the number two position for 11 of those same 12 years.

Shifts in Ranking: While there are no new categories on the list for 2023, there have been minor changes in the ranking of certain standards:

  • Scaffolding, which held the fifth position in 2022, has now moved to the fourth spot.
  • Powered Industrial Trucks also moved up on the list, from its seventh-place position in 2022 to the number-five spot.
  • Respiratory Protection dropped from the fourth position on the 2022 list to the seventh position in 2023.

Updated Top 10 List

Below is the complete Top 10 list for the fiscal year 2023, along with the corresponding number of OSHA citations for each standard:

  1. Fall Protection—General Requirements (1926.501): 7,271 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,213 violations
  3. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,978 violations
  4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,859 violations
  5. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,561 violations
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout) (1910.147): 2,554 violations
  7. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,481 violations
  8. Fall Protection—Training Requirements (1926.503): 2,112 violations
  9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 2,074 violations
  10. Machinery and Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,644 violations

Utilizing OSHA’s Top 10 List for Improvement

To leverage OSHA’s Top 10 list effectively and enhance worker safety programs, companies can implement the following strategies:

  • Thorough Review: Assess each category on the list to identify potential hazards specific to your workplace and ensure compliance with safety standards.
  • Industry-Specific Analysis: Utilize OSHA’s “Industry Profile for an OSHA Standard” tool to identify prevalent safety violations within your industry and tailor your safety measures accordingly.
  • Continuous Improvement: Evaluate and refine safety protocols based on past records, current challenges, and employee feedback.
  • Training Objectives: Develop measurable training objectives to address your organization’s inadequacies and emerging safety concerns.

One final note: arc flash is a significant hazard in many industries, killing and injuring workers at a far greater rate than most other violations. Therefore, it’s imperative to remain vigilant in any industry where electrical hazards exist. Explore Tyndale’s FR Safety Resource Hub to educate employees on arc-rated and flame-resistant (AR / FR) clothing for optimal workplace safety.

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