Welcome to the Department of Labor Standards’ Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Program.  Every year we are tasked with collecting occupational injury and illness surveys as well as agricultural wage and practices surveys from private and public sector workplaces.  The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 was passed to ensure "…so far as possible every working man and woman in the nation safe and healthful-working conditions and to preserve our human resources." (PL 91-596, 1970). The OSH act directed the U.S. Secretary of Labor to issue regulations to require employers to maintain records on workplace injuries and illnesses.  The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, collects two annual surveys: the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), and the Prevailing Wage Normal and Common Practices Survey. Up until 2013, DLS collected the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Work-Related Injury and Illness Data Collection Initiative (ODI).

BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

The U.S. Secretary of Labor has delegated to the BLS the responsibility for collecting, compiling, disseminating, and analyzing statistics on workplace injuries and illnesses as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

The OSHS program provides information on workplace injuries and illnesses. Since 1972, the BLS has conducted the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) to compile injury and illness statistics. Special studies and analyses of data indicated a need for detailed information on workplace fatalities. In 1991, as part of the redesign of the SOII, the BLS began to collect fatality data through the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). The BLS conducts the SOII and CFOI in conjunction with State agencies through the Federal/State cooperative agreements.

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII): The survey is the only comprehensive measure of work-related injuries and illnesses in American workplaces. As such, it is relied on by employers, employees, public policy makers and researchers in their efforts to protect the American workforce and maintain its high level of productivity. The survey uses a scientific sampling approach to select employers to represent all industries and all sizes of establishments. This sampling approach relies on substantial cooperation from those establishments that are selected to participate to maintain the quality and accuracy of this statistical series.

Since 1992, Massachusetts, and most other states, has been in a partnership with the BLS to collect non-fatal occupational injury and illness data.  Each year approximately 5,800 surveys are sent out to public and private sector workplaces in every industry, size class, and region of the state. Collecting case characteristics in this survey enables us to produce an annual occupational injury and illness report . This annual report provides raw data and statistical comparison about the work-related injuries and illnesses that are occurring in our workplaces. Nationwide, over 200,000 surveys are collected.

The goal of DLS’s Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Program is to keep improving workplace environments by presenting data to institutions and entities that can use it to target incident trends and devise strategies to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. We encourage all employers to use the data and to keep safety and health as a focal point in the daily operation of your workplaces.

Prevailing Wage Normal and Common Practices Survey

Beginning in 2013, the department now administers the Prevailing Wage Normal, and Common Practices Survey, which determines the prevailing wage and common practices among the Massachusetts agricultural employer community. This survey is mailed to Massachusetts growers at the end of October and data collection continues until the end of December. The survey is conducted annually at the direction of the DLS and in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration. The survey results will assist in ensuring that both U.S. and foreign workers receive fair and equitable treatment. These surveys are the building blocks by which wages and benefits levels will be determined for next year’s agricultural work force. Grower participation will significantly help in assessment of wage rates and prevailing practices and provide this vital information to the agricultural community in Massachusetts. All information provided by you through this survey is confidential; we will hold the information in confidence to the fullest extent permitted by law.

OSHA Data Collection Initiative (ODI) –On hold until further notice; no data collected for 2013

Collected between June and October, the ODI collects work-related injury and illness data from businesses by specific industry and size of company characteristics.  The data is used by OSHA to calculate injury and illness incidence rates for each company that is selected.  This company-specific data is available to the general public by clicking on the following webpage link http://osha.gov/pls/odi/establishment_search.html.   Note: Not all states or territories participate in ODI and therefore, data may not be available for some states in certain collection years.