News Release USDL: 97-?
Friday, August 21, 1997
Contact: Frank Kane,(202) 219-8151
OSHA AUDITS INJURY AND ILLNESS RECORDSOF 250 ESTABLISHMENTS
PARTICIPATING IN AGENCY'S DATA INITIATIVE
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) will audit injury and illness records of
250 randomly-selected establishments participating
in the OSHA Data Initiative.
The data quality audit program will check the
accuracy of the l996 data submitted under the
initiative as well as overall injury and illness
"This program will help OSHA evaluate the accuracy
and completeness of the data being submitted to the
agency," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor
for Occupational Safety and Health Gregory R. Watchman.
"With reliable site-specific data on injuries and
illnesses, OSHA can better direct its programs to
protect the safety and health of America's workers."
Under OSHA's data initiative, about 80,000 establishments
were asked to submit information on 1996 injuries and
illnesses, together with the number of workers employed
and the hours they worked.
The records audits will include:
Comparing the information submitted to
OSHA with the the employers' 1996 OSHA
200 Log and Summary of Injuries and Illnesses,
employment and hours worked.
Identifying recordable injury and illness
cases and determining whether the establishment
recorded them properly, under-recorded or
Interviewing the establishment's recordkeeper
about the OSHA recordkeeping requirements and the
establishment's recordkeeping practices.
Compliance officers using the OSHA newly
developed Recordkeeping Audit Assistant (ORAA)
software system to record audit information.
This software will be made available to the
general public on OSHA's web site when it is
Each audit will be treated as an OSHA inspection.
Whenever OSHA recordkeeping violations are found,
appropriate citations and penalties will be proposed.
However, employers will not be cited for over-reporting
of cases. OSHA will inform employers of any errors
and the need to eliminate those cases from the OSHA
200 Log. Employers also will not be cited in this
audit cycle for failure to submit data to OSHA or
for discrepancies found in their data initiative
submission compared to the establishment's OSHA 200
Log, employment and hours worked data.
OSHA plans to complete the 250 audits by December.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required
a data quality audit program to help evaluate the
OSHA data initiative as a prerequisite to approval
for OSHA collecting the injury and illness data.