Specific Application Features

Search Engine

Search Engine Instructions

When using this form, we ask that you first estimate the size of your query before attempting to launch query results window.

To explain, a query with more than a few thousand records may take a few minutes to return or crash the your browser. This is why the user is asked to reduce his/her potential result set, through setting query parameters to less than 5,000 records before being able to view or export the data.

Many of the dropdown list boxes will appear greyed out on load. All you need to do in order to enable these is click on the corresponding labels to the left of the list box, and it will populate with the relevant info.

State Inspection Heatmap

Nationwide State-by-State Inspection Heatmap:1984-2015

Heatmap showing those states with the most and least activity during the 1984-2015CY period.

States in dark red have seen thousands of inspections over this period, while those in light red, for the most part, under a hundred

For additional detail, to view a heatmap based on inspections in each country, please click here

Your Current Location via HTML5

Using the mapping applications

Be sure to review the items in the Mapping Navigator (one of the panes in the accordion strip to the right) to view all the elements on display in the map.

You will see a globe or a folder at the top of the window. Click it to view all those items nested beneath. You can enable or disable (hide) as many of these items as you like.

Click  here  to go directly to the mapping section.

PEER Mapping Browser

OSHA Mapping Browser

Select from several hundred mapping studies and find the ones that pertain most closely to you and your life and job situation

Overview

PEER.org Statement

Occupational exposures to hazardous substances are the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for more than 50,000 premature deaths per year as a conservative estimate, and more likely exceeding 100,000 deaths. These deaths usually occur years after exposure, often preceded by lingering chronic illnesses. This toll exceeds that of homicide and suicide combined but triggers little outcry because this is a silent epidemic.

The listed cause of death may be cancer or lung disease, but the ultimate cause is workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals – often in amounts and duration far exceeding safe levels. Substances such as hexavalent chromium and asbestos remain prevalent in American workplaces. The challenge is not just from these known killers; every year thousands of new chemicals are launched into the stream of commerce for which there are no standards or safeguards.

For too long, stringent environmental protection has halted at the factory door.

While EPA and other agencies have helped reduce concentrations of carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins to ambient (outdoor) levels in the part-per-billion range, U.S. workers are still routinely exposed to concentrations 1,000 to one million times higher in the workplace.

Confronting this chemical tide is an outmatched opponent – the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), responsible for the well-being of 130 million American workers. During the Bush years, OSHA became moribund. Contrary to expectations, under Obama OSHA has not significantly changed course, and in some ways has made matters worse:

OSHA has issued no new health standards since 1998, save for one ordered by a court. Despite this huge backlog, the Obama administration has added extra review processes to further delay long-overdue regulations in the pipeline.

Save for a handful of substances, the vast majority of Permissible Exposure Limits have not been updated since 1968 and are woefully inadequate. Yet, updating even the most basic standards, such as a long-delayed new silica rule, has been blocked by the Obama White House; and The Obama administration’s emphasis on the total number of inspections completed has the perverse effect of discouraging toxic-substance sampling, which can take several days to complete, while an inspector can perform several construction safety inspections in a single day. Partly as a result, today OSHA is collecting far fewer air samples than during the Reagan years.

What progress has occurred at OSHA has been primarily on the safety side – which occupies most of the agency’s time and resources. So, while on-the-job exposures cause the premature deaths of at least ten times more workers than all workplace accidents combined, less than 5% of OSHA’s budget goes to workplace disease prevention.

PEER has obtained the comprehensive database for occupational exposure encompassing the entire history of OSHA and arranged it into an interactive website. We hope this new tool will galvanize public awareness of the need to put the “H” back in OSHA.

Maps

Using the mapping applications

Be sure to review the items in the Mapping Navigator (one of the panes in the accordion strip to the right) to view all the elements on display in the map.

You will see a globe or a folder at the top of the window. Click it to view all those items nested beneath. You can enable or disable (hide) as many of these items as you like.

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