Department of Labor
Assessment and Collection of
Public Employee Safety and Health Penalties The Department of Labor
conducts inspections to ensure that the workplaces of non-federal public employers meet
health and safety standards. When workplaces fail to meet these standards, the Department
may impose financial penalties on the employers. We audited selected aspects of the
Department's assessment and collection of these penalties. We found that decisions to reduce
penalties can be better documented and the management information system can be improved.
In addition, a mechanism is needed for collecting penalties from State agencies that refuse to
pay the penalties, such as the Department of Correctional Services. We also found that, while
the Department continues to inspect workplaces and assess penalties where appropriate, it is
giving more emphasis to helping employers so that they can meet the health and safety
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