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Top 10 Most Cited OSHA Workplace Safety Violations for Fiscal Year 2016

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) reminds workers and industry of the need to address health and safety hazards in the workplace.

Lansing, MI – WEBWIRE

The fact that OSHA’s Top 10 List is so similar every year indicates that core health and safety programs need to continue to be a priority emphasis for employers.

Last month, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) named its top ten most frequently cited safety and health violations of the fiscal year. The information was compiled from almost 32,000 workplace inspections by federal OSHA employees.
OSHA publishes this annual list to alert employers and employees about commonly cited standards so that steps can be taken to find and fix these recognized hazards. This year’s list is very comparable to the lists released the previous several years by OSHA.  The 2016 Top 10 Cited Violations List includes:

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine Guarding
  9. Electrical Wiring
  10. Electrical, General Requirements

“In the U.S. alone, over 4,500 workers die on the job and approximately 3 million are injured each year,” said David Roskelley, CIH® and Chair of ABIH®. “The fact that OSHA’s Top 10 List is so similar every year indicates that core health and safety programs need to continue to be a priority emphasis for employers. The expertise of Certified Industrial Hygienists is a critical component of these efforts.”
Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) help to identify workplace hazards to protect the health and safety of workers and communities. CIHs are trained to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control a wide range of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors. Health risk analysis, hazard communications, work environments and industrial processes are all key components of the CIH® program.  This comprehensive knowledge base can help employers protect the health and safety of workers, while also avoiding costly OSHA citations and workers’ compensation claims.
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit, email or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene ®
Since 1960, ABIH®, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH® is the premier credentialing body responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.  Currently, more than 6800 people in 32 countries are certified to use the CIH® designation.

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