For the first time ever, personal protective equipment is on OSHA’s annual list of Top 10 most cited violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces workplace safety in the U.S. via periodic inspections of both company offices and job sites.

Inspectors note unsafe practices, ranging from minor to extremely hazardous.

In 2018, Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection was on the list. It was also the first time Fall Protection – Training Requirements appeared.

Other top violations include Hazard Communication, Scaffolding, Respiratory Protection, Ladders, and Machine Guarding.

The list was created from more than 32,000 violations, and is only based on the federal agency’s inspections – not state enforcement agencies.

PPE had 1,536 violations nationally, specifically for eye and face protection. This standard protects workers from chemicals and dust getting in their eyes or respiratory system.

One of the best things you can do for your employees is to have regular safety training, until the practices become ingrained. If you’re looking for engaging, memorable trainings, check out our Safety Consulting group!