OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Construction & General Industry Standards

Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a ‘Top 10’ most commonly cited standards in 2015 following a year of inspections. This annual list serves as a good reminder of the importance of workplace safety and how injuries, illness and fatalities can be prevented.

Here are the top 10 most frequently cited standards for fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015). We have separated these into the top 10 OSHA Construction standards and top 10 OSHA General Industry standards. We have also provided infograhics below that we encourage you to share with employees, supervisors, safety managers, HR staff, and anyone else who has a hand in your organization’s workplace safety.



1.    Fall Protection

2. Scaffolds

3.    Ladders

4.    PPE: Eye and Face Protection

5.    PPE: Head Protection

6.    Hazard Communication

7.    General Safety & Health

8.    Aerial Lifts

9.    Specific Excavation Requirements

10.    Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for General Use

General Industry

1. Hazard Communication

2. Respiratory Protection

3. Lockout/Tagout

4. Powered Industrial Trucks

5. Electrical – General Requirements & Wiring Methods, Components, & Equipment for Gen Use
(1910.303, 1910.305)

6. Machine Guarding – General Requirements, Mechanical Power-Transmission Apparatus
(1910.212, 1910.219)

7. PPE – General Requirements

8. Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes

9. Occupational Noise Exposure

10. OSH Act General Duty

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