By Brent I. Clark, James L. Curtis, and Craig B. Simonsen

iStock_000011654038_LargeThe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has posted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 enforcement Facts and Figures.

During FY 2014 the Bureau conducted 4,006 explosives compliance inspections. Of those, ninety percent were either “no violations” (69.4%) or “other” (19.6). “Other” was defined as “out of business, etc.”

Of the remaining explosives compliance inspections, there were reports of violation in just 7.2%, a total of 287 cases. Warning letters issued in 2.7% of the inspections, representing 109 cases. Only in 0.8% of the inspections, just 34 cases, were there warning conferences held. Ten cases involved revocation of explosive licenses being sought, in only 0.2% of the inspections.

These statistics show that while the industry overall is doing pretty well in explosives compliance inspections, there remain some issues that employers need to stay on top of. Make the effort to stay in compliance and avoid an ATF enforcement action.