Using Data to Avoid OSHA Violations

By Kassidi Koronkowski on October 22, 2018
Tags: Productivity

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues citations for industrial workplace standards that are not compliant with federal law. Every year the Administration posts a list of the most frequently violated standards. It is OSHA’s goal to reduce workplace hazards by giving companies notice of when and where the Administration commonly finds deficiencies.
The following are the top ten most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by OSHA for Fiscal Year 2017:
  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
  9. Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
  10. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)
OSHA posts its most commonly cited standards because they all result in highly preventable workplace injuries and illnesses. Key to avoiding dangerous hazards and preventing workplace injury in today’s fast-paced marketplace is diligent data aggregation and organization. Whether your industry is construction, manufacturing, or distribution, providing a safe working environment for your employees is going to require digitization and optimization of your data.
Modern mobile-form software can achieve this goal. Inputting your company’s data into one, central, digital platform makes data analysis significantly easier. Understanding the trends in your company’s data means understanding the trends in your company. Aggregating and optimizing that data for analysis means you make better predictions, make adjustments faster, and increase efficiency. 
Data aggregation and optimization also means you can detect trends in workplace safety and prevent future dangers. Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for your employees should always be at the forefront of a manager’s priorities, and preventing injury and illness in the workplace, and a resulting OSHA citation, is good for any business. Making the investment in a top-of-the-line mobile-forms software is something any forward-looking manager should consider to improve workplace conditions and promote efficiency.


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