The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), performs inspections and investigations whenever there are suspicions of an employer violating health and safety regulations or an employee has filed a complaint against their employer for serious safety concerns or discrimination. OSHA maintains a record of employer offenses, which the general public can access through their website or in writing under the Freedom of Information Act.
Searching OSHA’s Database
To perform an online search of a company’s OSHA inspections, visit the OSHA Establishment Search page here. You will need to enter the following information:
- Company Name
- Employer State
- Whether you want the records for all cases, just open cases, or just closed cases
- Whether you need the information for all cases, just cases with violations, or just cases without violations
- Inspection date range
The site sets the default search range at five (5) years, but you can perform a search for up to 10 years. If a search returns any results, you will receive a report showing the offenses, how the violations were resolved, and if there were any penalties.
Freedom of Information Act Inquiries
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the general public has a right to request and receive information from Federal agencies, including OSHA, as long as the act does not forbid such disclosure. If you wish to send a written request, you will be required to provide the following information:
- Your full name, address, and phone number
- The role in your inquiry, such as “general public”, “educational institution”, or “other”
- A description of the information you are seeking such as the record of OSHA violations for the employer and the timeframe
By making a FOIA request, you agree to pay all fees for the requested information, up to $25 unless the fee has been waived. If the Department of State determines that the requested information will cost more than $25, the requester will be notified, and the requester will be given the option to continue with the search and pay the higher fees or alter the search to lower the fees. If the Department of State believes the fees will exceed $250, they may require advanced payment.
Written requests can be sent via email at: [email protected]
Or, the following National OSHA FOIA officer:
U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20210
(via FAX) – (202) 693-1635
If you are requesting information regarding violations in Illinois, inquiries should be sent to the following:
Region V (includes *IL, *IN, *MI, *MN, OH, WI)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
230 South Dearborn St, Rm. 3244
Chicago, IL 60604
(via FAX) — (312) 353-7774
Under the FOIA, the agency has 20 days to process your request.
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