OSHA releases FY 2018 enforcement summary

Agency conducted 32,023 inspections in FY 2018

Posted July 18, 2019

On July 16, OSHA released its inspection activity for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The Agency reports that in FY 2018, it conducted 32,023 inspections, including 18,067 unprogrammed inspections (about 56 percent). Unprogrammed inspections include responses to other agency referrals, employee complaints, and employer reports of severe injuries and fatalities.

Of the total inspections conducted, 13,956 were programmed inspections (about 44 percent). Programmed inspections concentrate on the industries and operations where known hazards exist (e.g., combustible dusts, chemical processing, ship-breaking, falls in construction).

The following table lists the inspection statistics from FY 2013 to FY 2018, including programmed and unprogrammed inspections.

OSHA Inspection Statistics

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

Total Inspections

39,228

36,163**

35,820

31,948

32,408

32,023

Total Programmed Inspections

22,170

19,222

16,527

12,731

14,377

13,956

Total Unprogrammed Inspections

17,058

16,941

19,293

19,217

18,031

18,067

-Fatality/ Catastrophe Inspections

826

850

912

890

837

941

-Complaints Inspection

9,505

9,570

9,037

8,870

8,249

7,489

-Referrals*

4,024

3,829

6,569

6,691

6,286

6,463

-Other Unprogrammed Inspections

2,703

2,525

3,686

2,766

2,659

3,174

*As of FY 2015 referral inspections encompass all subtypes of referrals such as those received from compliance safety and health officers, safety and health agencies, other city/county/state/federal governments, media, and employer-reported.
** The October 2013 Government shutdown occurred during this time.

OSHA began using the Enforcement Weighting System (EWS) in 2016. The EWS assigns a value, known as an Enforcement Unit (EU), to specific categories of inspections or investigations. All inspections receive an EU value of at least one. The Agency says the new system focuses attention on some of the most hazardous workplace issues such as ergonomics, heat, chemical exposures, workplace violence, and process safety management.

The following table lists the FY 2018 Inspection Summary information using OSHA’s EWS.

Enforcement Weighting Values

OSHA Enforcement Weighting – FY 2018 Inspection Summary

Inspection Category

EU Value

Inspection Category

Inspections

EUs

Federal Agencies

2

Federal Agencies


616

1,232

Process Safety Management

7

Process Safety Management

231

1,617

Combustible Dust

2

Combustible Dust

396

792

5a1 Ergonomic

5

5a1 Ergonomic

32

160

5a1 Heat

4

5a1 Heat

130

520

5a1 Non-PEL Exposures

3

5a1 Non-PEL Exposures

17

51

5a1 Workplace Violence

3

5a1 Workplace Violence

49

147

Fatality/Catastrophe

3

Fatality/Catastrophe

910

2,730

Personal Sampling

2

Personal Sampling

1,302

2,604

Significant Cases

8

Significant Cases

81

648

Phone/Fax Complaints

1/9

Phone/Fax Complaints

19,266

2,134

Rapid Response Investigations

1/9

Rapid Response Investigations

8,165

902

Non-Weighted Inspections

1

Non-Weighted Inspections

28,259

28,259

 

Total

32,023

41,796


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