OSHA Sees a Significant Increase in Enforcement and Compliance Checks in 2019
The statistics for the 2019 year show that there has been a notable increase in the number of OSHA inspections and a record number of compliance assistance for keeping workers safe.
The recent increase in inspections and compliance assistance is part of OSHA’s mission of ensuring that employees provide workplaces free of hazards. In the last year, federal OSHA has conducted 33,401 inspections—more inspections than in the previous years—about violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, silica, and other hazards.
OHSA also broke records in 2019 for workers training and safety. It reportedly provided 1,392,611 workers with training on safety and health requirements through the Agency’s various education programs like the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, Outreach Training Program, and Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.
“OSHA’s efforts – rulemaking, enforcement, compliance assistance and training – are tools to accomplish our mission of safety and health for every worker,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “I am proud of the diligent, hard work of all OSHA personnel who contributed to a memorable year of protecting our nation’s workers.”
Although the numbers might not seem like much, the increase in OSHA’s inspection and compliance assistance is only doing good—more workers are being kept safe, and companies are being held responsible for their safety programs and training. Keep up the good work OSHA!