2020 OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards: Waste Management & Remediation Services 

Below are the top 5 OSHA Standards cited in the fiscal year 2020 for the waste management and remediation services industry. 

Violation Cited Standard Number Average Cost per Violation 
Permit-Required Confined Spaces (PRCS)
Spaces that contain or likely to contain serious hazards. Requirements include hazard evaluation, entry-permit systems, employee training, and emergency response plans. 
29 CFR 1910.146 $24,060  
Respiratory Protection
Refers to respirators used to protect employees from hazardous substances. Requirements include a written program, selection of respirators, medical evaluations, fit testing, safe operating procedures, and training. 
29 CFR 1910.134 $2,688 
Hazard Communication
Refers to the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Requirements include developing and implementing a program, recordkeeping, labeling and training. 
29 CFR 1910.1200 $8,001 
Duty to Have Fall Protection & Falling Object Protection
Refers to the practice of identifying hazards and providing protections from those hazards when needed. Requirements include identifying, inspecting, and assessing workplace conditions for fall or falling object hazards. 
29 CFR 1910.28 $4,450 
Powered Industrial Trucks
Powered industrial trucks include forklifts and fork trucks; and requirements include operator training, inspections and safe work practices. 
29 CFR 1910.178 $5,282 


With all the possible OSHA violations and potential fines, ensuring OSHA compliance within your company can seem like a daunting task—but it doesn’t have to feel that way. RBN can provide resources to help you and your company stay in compliance with all OSHA standards. RBN is an experienced provider of insurance and risk management programs for a broad range of waste and recycling companies. RBN develops customized plans to manage liabilities, promote a culture of safety, and protect your business. With 20+ years of advising waste and recycling companies, we have the knowledge, resources, and confidence to handle all classes of risk. 

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