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2018 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards – Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (NAICS 337)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps records not only of the most frequently cited standards overall, but also within particular industries. The most recent statistics from OSHA reveal the top standards cited in the fiscal year 2018 for the furniture and related product manufacturing industry. This top 10 list comprises establishments that make furniture and related articles, such as mattresses, window blinds, cabinets and fixtures. The processes used in the manufacture of furniture include the cutting, bending, molding, laminating and assembly of such materials as wood, metal, glass, plastics and rattan.

 

Description of Violation

Cited Standard Number

ACV*

1.   

Respiratory Protection – Properly administering a respiratory protection program, selecting correct respirators, completing medical evaluations to determine which employees are required to use respirators and providing tight-fitting equipment.

29 CFR 1910.134

$737

2.   

Woodworking Machinery Requirements – Requirements for the handling and safe use of woodworking machinery.

29 CFR 1910.213

$2,117

3.   

Hazard Communication – Properly transmitting information on chemical hazards through a comprehensive program, container labeling, SDS and training.

29 CFR 1910.1200

$651

4.   

Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)Following minimum performance requirements for controlling energy from the unexpected start-up of machines or equipment.

29 CFR 1910.147

 

$3,528

5.   

Powered Industrial Trucks – Ensuring safety of employees on powered industrial trucks through fire protection, design, maintenance and proper use.

29 CFR 1910.178

$1,747

6.   

Spray Finishing Using Flammable and Combustible Materials – Spraying operations shall be designed, installed and maintained to minimize hazards.

29 CFR 1910.107

$1,178

7.   

General Requirements for All Machines – Providing proper machine guarding to protect the operator and other employees from hazards.

29 CFR 1910.212

$4,546

8.   

General Electrical Requirements – Ensuring electric equipment is free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.

29 CFR 1910.303

$1,680

9.   

Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for General Use – Using proper wiring techniques and equipment to ensure safe electrical continuity.

29 CFR 1910.305

$1,088

10.

Methylene Chloride – Controlling occupational exposure to methylene chloride.

29 CFR 1910.1052

$894

*ACV (Average Cost per Violation) – The dollar amount represents the average cost per violation that employers in this industry paid in 2018. To understand the full capacity and scope of each standard, click on the standard number to visit www.osha.gov and view the language in its entirety. Source: OSHA.gov   

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