Occupational Safety and Health: Efforts to Obtain Establishment-Specific Data on Injuries and Illnesses: HEHS-98-122

May 1998
GAO Reports;5/22/1998, p1
Government Document
Since 1996, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been collecting data to identify establishments with the highest injury and illness rates and better target its inspections and other interventions to these firms. Some employers and business associations, however, have raised concerns about how OSHA planned and implemented its data collection initiative. This report answers the following questions: What industries and establishments did OSHA include in its 1996, 1997, and 1998 data collection efforts, and how did it select them? What changes does OSHA plan to make for subsequent data collection efforts? What data did OSHA collect from establishments in the selected industries? How did OSHA intend to use the data it collected, and how has it actually used the data? What specific assurance, if any, did OSHA give about confidentiality and privacy rights associated with the data collected? What is OSHA's current policy on access to the data it collected from these establishments?


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