Department of Labor

Assessment and Collection of Public Employee Safety and Health Penalties (Follow-Up Review)

When the workplaces of non-federal public employers fail to meet health and safety standards, the Department of Labor may impose financial penalties on the employers. In our prior audit report 96-S-78, we audited selected aspects of the Department's assessment and collection of these penalties. We found that decisions to reduce penalties could be better documented and the management information system could be improved. In addition, a mechanism was needed for collecting penalties from State agencies that refused to pay the penalties. In our follow-up review, we found that some progress has been made in implementing the recommendations contained in our prior report; however, additional progress is still needed.

For a complete copy of Report 98-F-48 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.