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~ Most Cited Standards ~

* Construction Safety *

The Most Frequently Cited Fed-OSHA Construction Standards

The ten most cited construction standards last year are listed below:

1. 1926.59(e)(1) HazCom (Written Program) Employers shall develop, implement, and maintain at the workplace a written hazard communication program for their workplaces.

2. 1926.59(h) HazCom (Information, Training) Employers shall provide employees with information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of their initial assignment, and whenever a new hazard is introduced into their work area.

3. 1926.21(b)(2) Safety Training (Worker Instruction) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions.

4. 1926.100(a) Head Protection (Protective Helmets) Head protective equipment (helmets) shall be worn in areas where there is a possible danger of head injuries from impact, flying or falling objects, or electrical shock and burns.

5. 1926.59(g)(1) HazCom (MSDS's) Employers shall have a material safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical they use.

6. 1926.500(d)(i) Floor Openings (Guard Rails) Every open-sided floor or platform, 6 feet or more above adjacent floor or ground level, shall be guarded by a standard railing, or equivalent, on all open sides.

7. 1926.59(g)(8) HazCom (MSDS's) Employers shall maintain copies of MSDS's in the workplace, and ensure they are readily accessible during each work shift to employees.

8. 1926.404(b)(1)(i) Wire Design (Ground Fault Protection) The employer shall use either ground fault circuit interrupters as specified in paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section or an assured equipment grounding program.

9. 1926.451(d)(10) Tubular Welded Frame Scaffolds (Guardrail, Toeboards) Guardrails made of lumber shall be installed at all open sides and ends on all scaffolds more than ten (10) feet above the ground or floor.

10. Section 5(a)(1) General Duty Clause (Safety and Health Conditions) Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees: employment, and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.


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