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Penalties for the top 10 OSHA violations cost businesses nearly $85 million in fiscal year 2021, which stresses the importance of properly training your team to avoid workplace safety hazards. In fact, fines for the 10 most-cited violations accounted for more than half of all OSHA fines in fiscal year 2021, which ran from Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021.

The Top 10 OSHA Violations course is an online training program that prepares workers to recognize and avoid the most commonly cited OSHA standard violations. The course is updated annually to reflect the latest data and rankings from OSHA.

Students will learn about the most frequently cited violations, providing insight and accident prevention strategies that help you keep your team safe and protect your business from costly OSHA penalties.

Who Should Take This Course?

The Top 10 OSHA Violations course provides workers and employers with a clear guide to minimizing workplace safety risks and avoiding costly OSHA fines. It provides an overview of the top 10 violations and explains how workers can recognize and avoid related hazards on the job.

OSHA's annual list of top 10 violations typically includes a mix of construction and general industry standards, but it draws from data for all industries. If a course module covers an OSHA standard that does not apply to your job or industry, learners can skip it without failing the course.

This course raises awareness of the most common and costly OSHA violations, but it is not an OSHA-required course. It is designed to assist businesses in risk mitigation and train workers to avoid the most common and costly OSHA violations.

Penalties for the Top 10 OSHA Violations

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA enforces workplace safety standards and inspects businesses for violations. Failure to comply with OSHA standards can result in citations and costly fines. The penalty amount can vary depending on the severity of the violation.

According to OSHA, the maximum penalty amount for a serious or other-than-serious violation is $14,502. However, failing to fix the issue can cost up to $14,502 per day until the problem is resolved. Willful or repeated violations can cost up to $145,027 per violation.

You can help mitigate safety risks and prevent accidents by providing your team with tools and strategies to avoid the top 10 OSHA violations. Learn more about the latest data on top OSHA violations and how much they cost businesses nationwide.

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2021
OSHA Standard Fines
1. Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) $29,301,400
2. Respiratory Protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) $4,442,986
3. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) $5,815,130
4. Hazard Communication, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) $3,015,830
5. Scaffolding, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) $6,516,975
6. Fall Protection Training, construction (29 CFR 1926.503) $3,005,754
7. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) $11,952,281
8. Eye and Face Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.102) $4,843,878
9. Powered Industrial Trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) $5,559,431
10. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212) $10,388,657
Total: $84,842,322

Source: OSHA data on top 10 violations, Fiscal Year 2021

Course Details

Throughout this online course, your team will receive an in-depth review of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations and learn how OSHA cites businesses for standard violations. The course takes at least one hour to finish.

After completing this course, students will be prepared to:

  • Describe how employers can remain in compliance with OSHA's most frequently cited standards
  • Explain the importance of following OSHA standards on the job
  • List ways workers can stay safe from workplace hazards described in the course

This course contains ten learning modules. Each module ends with a case study and a three-question quiz. Students have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each quiz. This course does not have a final exam.

Students have 180 days to complete the course after registration. After successful completion of the course, the student’s Certificate of Completion will be available for instant download.

Course Outline

The Top 10 OSHA Violations online course is divided into ten learning modules. You can find an outline of each module below.

Module 1: Duty to Have Fall Protection

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Fall Prevention
  • Fall Protection Systems
  • Additional Fall Protection Measures

Module 2: Respiratory Protection

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Types of Respirators
  • Respiratory Protection Programs

Module 3: Ladders

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Ladder Do's and Don'ts
  • Types of Ladders
  • Inspections and Maintenance

Module 4: Hazard Communication

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • Stages of a Hazard Communication Program
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Labeling Requirements
  • Training Requirements

Module 5: Scaffolding

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • Types of Scaffolds
  • Fall Protection
  • Access Requirements

Module 6: Fall Protection Training

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • Training Requirements
  • Certification
  • Retraining
  • Additional Resources

Module 7: Hazard Control Lockout/Tagout

Topics covered in Module 7 include:

  • What Is Lockout/Tagout?
  • Elements of an Energy Control Program
  • LOTO Procedures

Module 8: Eye and Face Protection

Topics covered in Module 8 include:

  • General Requirements
  • Protection Against Radiant Energy
  • Laser Protection

Module 9: Powered Industrial Trucks

Topics covered in Module 9 include:

  • Types of Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Hazards
  • Safety Requirements
  • Training Requirements

Module 10: Machine Guarding

Topics covered in Module 10 include:

  • Machine Components and Hazards
  • Machine Guarding Requirements
  • Classes of Machine Guards

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