OSHA Workplace Safety Data

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We are currently waiting for an updated version of OSHA Workplace Safety Data before we make it available. 

In the last few years the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been initiating a new system for inspection and violation records, called OIS (OSHA Information System). The older system for storing these records, IMIS (Integrated Management Information System) is being phased out and no longer contains the full data set. In response to a FOIA, OSHA refused to release OIS reports, saying that they still needed to be vetted. We are currently working on another FOIA around this denial, but in the meantime we have an incomplete set of records.

You can search OSHA inspection records by establishment, SIC, and various other things here: https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/

You can download limited fields and tables of the inspections data here: http://ogesdw.dol.gov/views/data_catalogs.php (scroll to the bottom).

 


The OSHA workplace safety database consists of inspections in all states and U.S. territories from 1972 through August 2013.

OSHA classifies businesses by their location, name Standard Industrial Classification code (SIC), and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), making it possible to analyze inspections/accidents involving a certain occupation or those in a given region or city.

Penalties for violations are recorded in several ways, including the fine amount initially assessed, the current penalty reflecting any modifications and what was actually paid (or not paid, if thats the case).

Information is also available on persons injured in workplace accidents. Details include the persons gender, age, extent of injury, nature of injury and part of body and source of injury. It also includes whether any hazardous materials were involved.

The data are available in two file formats: .CSV and .SQL (intended for MySQL users). Please not that the .DBF format is no longer available for this data. If you need help getting this data into another format, please contact us – we’re happy to help: Database Library at (573) 884-7711 or datalib@ire.org.

State slices are also available.

Record layouts and samples of this database

Record layout (OSHA.txt) 9.7 KB
Schema (osha.pdf) 347.3 KB
Main documentation (readme_1.TXT) 13.2 KB
Data sample – Inspections (osha_data.xls) 156.6 KB

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