The U.S. Department of Labor announced enhancements to its online enforcement database, on August 23. Designed to improve public access to, and understanding of, the department's enforcement actions, the updated website has a number of new features, including map displays of inspection and violation data from the department's OSHA and MSHA, as well as the ability to view individual inspection records and the enforcement history of a particular company or mine. In addition to mapping capabilities, the updated site allows users to easily 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. Furthermore, a new "labs" feature allows users to create data visualizations and animations using several decades of MSHA data.
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