OSHA Carceral Facilities

Incarcerated people are vulnerable to environmental hazards, infectious diseases, and poor living and working conditions. This project examines how data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can be used to examine hazardous conditions inside prisons. We pulled together OSHA data for California correctional facilities from 2010 to 2019.

Explore the Table! 

The table provides several data points from which you can evaluate the level of toxicity or hazard in California carceral facilities. We encourage you to think about what toxicity and hazard mean to you and play with the data by sorting each column from highest to lowest and using the search bars under each column header to filter the data to show specific amounts or types of citations.

About detail about the data:

This table was created using data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Code to reproduce the underlying data and the table are available on Github. Data include inspections that were finished or that still remained open between 2010 and 2019. Most of the data present in the table are as reported by OSHA which means that there may be errors in facility location or other fields that are unverified. Each row in the table is a facility that was investigated by OSHA one or more times. The inspection numbers and the number of inspections column provides insight into the number of times the facility was investigated from 2010 to 2019. Facilities may not have had any violations found during investigations. If the value in the Number of Violations column is zero then no violation was reported. If you want to check out OSHA’s published report for each investigation, you can search the investigation number on the OSHA website

More Detail about each data point in the table:

Within OSHA’s available data we identified the following data points as potentially helpful for understanding toxicity and hazard in carceral facilities.