Beyond OSHA's Top 10

Every December, Safety+Health presents the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations from the previous fiscal year.

Throughout 2012, S+H will go beyond the annual Top 10 by presenting violations 11-30. The data*, supplied by OSHA, represents violations cited in FY 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011).


Bloodborne pathogens
Standard: 1910.1030
This standard outlines procedures to protect workers from exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.
Total violations: 1,231
Serious violations: 880
Willful violations: 1
Repeat violations: 16
Total initial penalties proposed: $2.08 million


Eye and face protection
Standard: 1926.102
This standard requires employees to be provided with eye and face protection equipment when machines or operations present the potential for eye and face injury from physical, chemical or radiation agents.
Total violations: 1,200
Serious violations: 1,062
Willful violations: 0
Repeat violations: 53
Total initial penalties proposed: $2.72 million

Read coverage of OSHA’s Top 10 from the December 2011 issue – including an exclusive Q&A with the deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, as well as the annual Penalty Box.

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