Closed Covid-19 OSHA Complaints

Publisher: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Start Date: 2020 End Date: 2020 Record Count: 23,380

Collection: Compliance
Description: OSHA publishes federal and state plan complaints related to COVId-19 every Saturday. This dataset contains all closed complaints from its weekly report. According to a DOL spokesperson, complaints are listed as “closed/final” if they were valid complaints. A valid complaint must state the reason for the inspection request. There must be reasonable grounds to believe that either a violation of the Act or OSHA standard that exposes employees to physical harm exists, serious injury or death exists. A complaint cannot be marked as closed unless one of these activities has occurred. Any valid complaint must be closed either through the phone/fax/email process or by opening a formal inspection. Complaints are closed based on the exchange of information between the employer and OSHA. The Area Office reviews responses from employers regarding actions taken to address the complaint items and determine whether further action is warranted.


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Additional Notes: According to DOL, the activity ID (ACT ID) is the unique identifier for the complaint. On the Inspection Information page, users are able to select specific inspections when the activity numbers are known which identify the inspections. The inspection ID identifies whether the complaint resulted in an inspection. The “Insp ID” column is only used when a complaint results in an inspection. Otherwise, the complaint will be handled using OSHA’s phone/fax investigation procedures and the “Insp ID” field will be left blank.Inspections are identified by number under the “Insp ID” column on the spreadsheet. Limited data on these open inspections can be found through a search on the Inspection Information page. For closed complaints, the OSHA Area Office reviews responses from employers regarding actions taken to address the complaint items and determines whether further action is warranted. The reporting ID (RID) identifies the OSHA office or organizational unit responsible for the inspection. The Primary/Site NAICS is the identification code for a specific industry. For the RID, the first two digits represent the region (01 through 10) and the third digit indicates if it is a State Plan or Federal office. All State Plan offices have a ‘5’ as the third digit, whereas any other number indicates a Federal office. State Plans are OSHA-approved workplace safety and health programs operated by individual states or U.S. territories. There are currently 22 State Plans covering both private sector and state and local government workers, and there are six State Plans covering only state and local government workers.