OSHA makes employer injury, illness data available to public

Work-related injury and illness data submitted annually to OSHA by thousands of employers now will be publicly available, the agency announced this week.

OSHA uses the information to calculate injury and illness incidence rates and focus its Site-Specific Targeting Program. The data has been submitted to the agency by about 80,000 employers every year since 1996, and includes days away, restricted, transfer (DART) rates; days away from work (DAFWII) rates; and total case rates through fiscal year 2007.

The move is part of the Obama administration's Open Government Initiative, and was accompanied by the release of five other Department of Labor "high-value" datasets:

In addition, OSHA posted a dataset of weekly fatalities and catastrophes as reported by its area offices, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics released dozens of employment datasets, according to a DOL press release.

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