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3/21/2006 Advises Companies to Avoid the OSHA ‘Dirty Dozen’

Old Saybrook, CT – March 21, 2006 – For many safety managers, enforcement action by OSHA seems like a remote possibility. This perception is fueled by a decline in the number of inspections in 2005 and a commensurate drop in the total number of violations uncovered.

The actual safety compliance reality is a harsh one, though, because OSHA did issue over 10,000 general industry citations last year.

“Despite reports to the contrary, OSHA is alive and well,” said Steve Quilliam, managing editor of, the website that makes safety training and compliance easier. “The agency issued the largest fine in its history in 2005, $21 million against BP Products North America, Inc.”

And OSHA’s “dirty dozen,” its list of the 12 most cited standards in 2005, was largely unchanged from the top 12 lists from the past several years. Companies continue to be fined for the same violations, year after year. Realizing this can give companies a leg up in protecting themselves from future inspections.

The top 12 violations fall into the following seven categories:

  • Hazard Communication (numbers 1, 3, and 10)
  • Machine Safety (numbers 2, 4, and 6)
  • Lockout/Tagout (numbers 7 and 9)
  • First Aid (number 5)
  • Walking-Working Surfaces (number 8)
  • Electrical Safety (number 11)
  • Respiratory Protection (number 12)

“Watching what OSHA is actually doing is far more important than talking about what they’re not doing,” said Quilliam. “Look at the top 12 and then look at things you can do in your facility to protect yourself.”

To that end, the experts at are providing a complimentary white paper, “How to Avoid OSHA’s Dirty Dozen,” which provides bulleted recommendations for staying out of the top 12. Download it here:

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Contact: Managing Editor
Steve Quilliam
860-510-0100, x2148