DOL updates its online enforcement database

The Department of Labor (DOL) updated its online enforcement database designed to improve public access to and understanding of the department's enforcement actions. The updated website includes map displays of inspection and violation data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Website users also can view individual inspection records and the enforcement history of a particular company or mine.

The updated website allows users to view important agency metrics; perform keyword searches; filter data by year, violations or penalties; and export search results or an entire data set into downloadable formats. A new labs feature allows users to create data visualizations and animations using several decades' worth of MSHA data.

DOL created the enforcement database, which can be accessed at ogesdw.dol.gov, to increase transparency, participation and collaboration as part of the administration's Open Government Initiative.