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2019 OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards for Manufacturers

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Manufacturing – Primary Metal Industries (SIC 33)

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 2019 for the manufacturing industry. This top 10 list comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances or components into new products.

Description of Violation

Cited Standard Number



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




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



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

29 CFR 1910.212



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

29 CFR 1910.1200



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

29 CFR 1910.178



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

29 CFR 1910.305



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



Abrasive Wheel Machinery – Following all OSHA guidelines on when, where and how abrasive wheels may be used.


29 CFR 1910.215




General Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements – Selecting the correct PPE, providing instruction, monitoring its use and maintaining the PPE to standards.

29 CFR 1910.132



Mechanical Power-Transmission Apparatus – Machinery and machine guarding.

29 CFR 1910.219


*ACV (Average Cost per Violation) – The dollar amount represents the average cost per violation that employers in this industry paid in 2019. To understand the full capacity and scope of each standard, click on the standard number to visit and view the language in its entirety. Source:   


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