The following infographic gives a breakdown of OSHA’s top 10 most-cited violations during the 2017 fiscal year according to the National Safety Council’s interview with Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs and published in Safety + Health magazine.
When reviewing this list, we get some insight into common risks that likely apply to most organization’s place of work. (There is a reason they are the top 10 most cited.) What can we take away from a list like this?
Immediate impact: Auditing. Turn the list of violations into a formal audit to be tracked. Some of these violations might be seen as menial or get overlooked on a daily basis. Taking this list and doing a focused audit of your work environment may lead you to uncover some potential risks you either didn’t know were there, have been overlooked, or maybe have been identified by not followed up on. Identify those risks and remove them!
Long-term impact: Training. Do some impromptu employee interviews and identify if the people being exposed to these risks understand the proper practice and procedures. Also train on how to identify a risk when its present. After the interviews, assess which topics may need larger scale training efforts to refresh organizationally.
When implementing efforts with both immediate and long-term impact, the true value comes in with communicating expectations, maintaining the practice and following up. The most effective and efficient way of sustaining these efforts is by implementing them as a process and utilizing a system to foster organization, streamline communication and maintain accountability.
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