Is Your Shop on the Top 10 List?

The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) is 100% committed to shop safety; are you?

Each year, thousands of Americans are subject to unsafe working conditions resulting in minor to severe injuries. Unfortunately, not all workplace safety accidents allow
the worker to come home; far too many unnecessary fatalities occur.

As an automotive shop owner, CCAR would like to make you aware of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards FY 2020.

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards For Fiscal Year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020)

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.

  1. Fall Protection, Construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard Communication Standard, General Industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Respiratory Protection, General Industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Scaffolding, General Requirements, Construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Ladders, Construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), General Industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, General Industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Fall Protection—Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Machinery and Machine Guarding, General Requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

So, Shop Owner, now go check your facility! Do you have these safety standards covered? If not, you might fall on this Top 10 list, and believe me, this isn’t the Top 10 List you WANT to be on. You can find this list, and the corresponding standards on OSHA’s website at: You can also find the automotive repair shop specific most frequently-cited standards at:

Remember OSHA is here to help you, so please utilize their site, standards, and their free on-site consultation for small businesses to make sure you are keeping your employees as safe as possible every day. Every accident is preventable. Period.

Katherine Henmueller is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and has been part of the Automotive Aftermarket for more than 10 years. Specializing in safety education, Katherine worked with OSHA as a Certified Safety and Health Official; and currently works for (CCAR) in cooperation with OSHA and the EPA, providing best practices, information and training to collision and automotive repair shops, and others. Katherine has contributed to several presentations and articles on automotive repair safety and hazardous material handling.