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National News Release: 06-176-NAT
February 6, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright or Al Belsky
Phone: (202) 693-4676

President's FY 2007 Budget Request for OSHA Maintains Balanced Approach to Workplace Safety and Health

WASHINGTON -- Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jonathan L. Snare today announced that President Bush has requested a $483.7 million budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in fiscal year 2007. The request represents a boost of $11.2 million over final FY 2006 appropriations and includes increases for federal enforcement, compliance assistance and safety and health statistics.

Snare explained that the increase will help the agency maintain its balanced approach to workplace safety and health which includes enforcement programs, outreach, education and compliance assistance, partnerships and cooperative programs. Said Snare, "As we celebrate our 35th anniversary as America's workplace safety and health leader, the President has proposed a budget that gives us the resources we need to continue to improve our efforts to further cut worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This budget reinforces our balanced approach to worker safety and health-an approach that works."

The budget contains two major initiatives to enhance OSHA's mission. First, a total of $7.5 million has been allocated to develop a new occupational safety and health information system (OIS) that will replace the agency's 15-year-old Integrated Management Information System (IMIS). The new system will ensure OSHA's ability to measure results and provide accurate and timely information on all OSHA enforcement and compliance assistance programs. Secondly, the budget proposal includes $2.6 million to expand outreach for Hispanic and other non-English speaking workers, as well as for workers involved in cleanup and recovery operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

As in previous years, the President's proposed budget emphasizes a continued strong, fair and effective enforcement program. OSHA has planned 37,700 workplace inspections throughout the year and will continue to focus its resources on workplaces and industries with high rates of injuries and illnesses.

The budget proposes discontinuing the Susan Harwood training grants program-those monies will fund the new OIS system and increased compliance assistance activities. "The availability of a variety of programs and capabilities to provide outreach and training to the regulated community allows us an opportunity to discontinue a rather narrowly-focused training program," Snare explained. "Funding these high priority initiatives is critical and we can accomplish it without compromising the high-quality training available for employers and workers."

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit

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(NOTE: The FY 2007 budget breakdown chart follows this press release).

OSHA FY 2007 Proposed Budget (Highlights)

The President's FY 2007 proposed budget will enable OSHA to continue making progress in its efforts to keep driving workplace injuries, illnesses and loss of life toward zero. Workplace injury and illness rates continue to trend downward. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last December that the number of workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time away from work during 2004 declined by 4.3 percent from 2003.

While fatal workplace injuries in 2004 increased by two percent over the previous year, the total (5,703) was the third lowest annual total recorded by the census. During FY 2007, OSHA is positioned to continue its focus on workplace safety and health through an overall balanced approach that includes:
  • strong, fair and effective enforcement;
  • outreach, education and compliance assistance, and
  • cooperative and voluntary programs.

Proposed FY 2007 Budget
(Dollars in Millions)

FY 2006 FY 2007 Change
Safety and Health Standards $16.5 $16.9 $0.4
Federal Enforcement 172.6 179.9 7.4
State Programs 91.1 91.1 -
Technical Support 21.4 22.4 1.0
Federal Compliance Assistance 72.5 76.6 4.0
State Consultation Grants 53.4 53.4 -
Training Grants 10.1 0 (10.1)
Safety and Health Statistics 24.3 32.3 8.0
Executive Direction and Administration 10.6 11.2 0.6
To tal, OSHA Budget Authority $472.4 $483.7 $11.2
Full Time Equivalents (includes 8 reimbursable FTE) 2,173 2,173 ---

Selected OSHA Workload Data

FY 2006 FY 2007 Change
Notices of Proposed Rulemaking 4 3 -1
Final Rules 4 3 -1
Federal Inspections 37,700 37,700 ---
State Program Inspections 55,000 54,500 -500
Total VPP Participants (Federal) 1,274 1,463 189
Consultation Visits 32,250 32,250 -
Training Participants 415,800 432,300 16,500

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