OSHA posts FY 2016 Enforcement Statistics

Data show 60 percent of Agency inspections are unprogrammed

Posted May 22, 2017

OSHA posted its 2016 Enforcement Summary, which highlights the Agency’s inspection statistics. The data show that the number of programmed inspections continue to decline, while the percentage of unprogrammed inspections remains high.

OSHA says it is devoting most of its resources toward responding to injury-related activities as a result of the 2014 final rule requiring the reporting of fatalities and severe injuries to OSHA.

In fiscal year (FY) 2016, OSHA conducted 31,948 total inspections. Of these, 60 percent were unprogrammed inspections, which include the employer reports of severe injuries along with employee complaints, and referrals.

OSHA also conducted 12,731 programmed inspections. These inspections focus on industries and employers where known hazards exist (e.g., combustible dusts, chemical processing, hexavalent chromium, and shipbreaking).

FY 2016 penalty amounts

According to OSHA, the total initial penalty amount for FY 2016 was $218,155,805. However, the total adjusted penalty amount for FY 2016 was $162,872,470.

Enforcement Weighting System

In 2016, OSHA began using the Enforcement Weighting System, which changed the way it evaluated inspections. The new system assigns a value called an Enforcement Unit to specific categories of inspections and investigations. All inspections receive an Enforcement Unit value of at least one. The more time and effort that is needed, the more Enforcement Units are assigned to the investigation. Examples of more resource-intensive investigations include ergonomics, heat, chemical exposures, workplace violence, and process safety management.

FY 2016 OSHA Enforcement Statistics

OSHA inspection statistics

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016

Total inspections

40,614

40,961

39,228

36,163i

35,820

31,948

Total programmed inspections

23,329

23,078

22,170

19,222

16,527

12,731

Total unprogrammed inspections

17,285

17,883

17,058

16,941

19,293

19,217

— Fatality/Catastrophe Inspections

851

900

826

850

912

890

— Complaints Inspection

8,765

9,573

9,505

9,570

9,037

8,870

— Referrals

4,776

4,864

4,024

3,829

4,705

4,641

— Referrals, Employer Reported

NA

NA

NA

NA

1,864

2,050

OSHA Inspection statistics

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016

Total Violations

85,514

78,723

78,186

67,680iii

64,763

58,702

Total Serious Violations

62,115

57,112

58,316

49,616

47,934

42,984

Total Willful Violations

594

423

319

439

527

524

Total Repeat Violations

3,229

3,034

3,139

2,966

3,088

3,146

Total Other-than-Serious

19,306

18,054

16,290

14,503

13,016

11,895

Enforcement Weighting values

OSHA Enforcement Weighting — FY 2016 Inspection Summary

Inspection Category Type

EU Value

Type of Inspection

Inspections

EUs

Federal Agency

2

Federal Agencies

657

1,314

Process Safety Management

7

Process Safety Management

234

1,638

Combustible Dust

2

Combustible Dust

491

982

5a1 Ergonomic

5

5a1 Ergonomic

69

345

5a1 Heat

4

5a1 Heat

187

748

5a1 Non-PEL Exposures

3

5a1 Non-PEL Exposures

20

6

5a1 Workplace Violence

3

5a1 Workplace Violence

49

147

Fatality/Catastrophe

3

Fatality/Catastrophe

866

2,598

Personal Sampling

2

Personal Sampling

1,582

3,164

SIG Case

8

Sig Case

131

1,048

Phone/Fax Complaints

1/9

Phone/Fax/Complaint

21,738

2,410

Rapid Response Investigations

1/9

Rapid Response Investigations

7,088

784

All Other Inspections

1

Non-Weighted Inspections

27,662

27,662


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