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OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Standards in 2007 for General Industry

Every year, OSHA issues a list of its most frequently cited standards. In 2007, the agency's hazard communication standard topped this list for violations found within the general industry. OSHA issued a total of 4,966 hazard communication citations in 2007.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a lack of written programs, material safety data sheets and a lack of training were some of last year's biggest issues in hazard communication for the general industry and led to the high number of violations.

OSHA usually announces its top 10 list of most frequently cited standards during the annual NSC Congress and Expo.

Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 4,966
Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 4,111
Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 3,980
Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 3,471
Electrical - Wiring Methods (1910.305) 3,191
Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,741
Electrical - General Requirements (1910.303) 2,523
Personal Protective Equipment (1910.132) 1,880
Mechanical Power-Transmission Apparatus (1910.219) 1,690
Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes (1910.23) 1,356
(Source: OSHA)
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