OSHA recently published their top 10 most cited violations for 2009
. According to Richard Fairfax, director of OSHA's directorate of enforcement programs, 81 percent of the violations OSHA recorded throughout the year were either serious or willful violations. The number of top 10 violations has increased almost 30 percent over the same time period in 2008.
I though you may find it interesting to see the top 10 for Auto Dealers:
1. Hazard Communication
2. Electrical safety requirements
3. General Duty Clause
4. Personal Protective Equipment
5. Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials
6. Abrasive wheel machinery
7. Respiratory Protection
8. Portable fire extinguishers
9. Exit routes, emergency action plans and fire prevention plans
10. Machinery and Machine Guarding
Consistent with the experience of KPA's OSHA program
, OSHA found that by far the most common violations by Auto Dealers are related to hazard communication. Details of OSHA requirements are outlined in OSHA's Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standards
. Violations include deficiencies in chemical inventories, written hazard communication program, material data sheets (MSDS), and employee training.