OSHA releases new workplace injury and illness database
August 15, 2011 | 11:34 am CDT
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a searchable database of work-related injury and illness statistics collected since 1996 from more than 80,000 employers.

OSHA uses the data to calculate injury and illness incidence rates to guide its strategic management plan and to focus its Site Specific Targeting Program, which the agency uses to target its inspections.

"Making injury and illness information available to the public is part of OSHA's response to the administration's commitment to make government more transparent to the American people," said David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "This effort will improve the public's accessibility to workplace safety and health data and ensure the Agency can function more effectively for American workers."

Information available at the Data.gov and www.osha.gov Web sites includes an establishment's name, address, industry, associated Total Case Rate (TCR), Days Away, Restricted, Transfer (DART) case rate, and the Days Away From Work (DAFWII) case rate. The data is specific to the establishments that provided OSHA with valid data through the 2008 data collection (collection of CY 2007 data). This database does not contain rates calculated by OSHA for establishments that submitted suspect or unreliable data.

To access the workplace injury and illness database, click here.

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