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Number 4 on OSHA’s Most Cited Violations list: Respiratory protection

This month’s article is about the fourth most frequently cited violation: respiratory protection. About five million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States, according to the US. Department of Labor (DOL). Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays. 

Common occupational health issues and how to address them

It’s not uncommon for businesses to be unexpectedly confronted by employee complaints about occupational health. Such complaints may involve exposure to chemical vapor or dust, a problem with a paint system, noise, a laser cutting table and many other seemingly complex issues. Employers are required to recognize and control occupational health hazards in the same manner as they do safety hazards.

Lockout-tagout (LOTO) comes in at #5 in OSHA’s list of most frequently cited violations

The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout-Tagout) regulation first went into effect in 1989. The intent of the standard was to prevent injuries and deaths caused by accidental start-up of equipment during maintenance or servicing. In large part, the standard has been successful and can be attributed to saving an estimated 122 lives and preventing over 28,000 injuries each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Even with this success, OSHA recognizes that many employers are still deficient in some areas.