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OSHA National News Release
U.S. Department of Labor
National News Release: 05-183-NAT
February 7, 2005
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Emphasizes Enforcement, Compliance Assistance
Budget Promotes a Continued Balanced Approach in Workplace Safety and Health
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has requested a $467 million budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Fiscal Year 2006, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jonathan L. Snare announced today. The request represents an increase of $2.8 million from last year's appropriation and includes increases in state plan compliance assistance programs and data analysis and performance measurement.
"The President's proposed budget provides us the resources we need to continue making a positive impact on workplace safety and health, while still maintaining fiscal responsibility," Snare said. "This is a strong and sound budget that reinforces our leadership in worker safety and health while supporting OSHA's balanced approach that emphasizes strong, fair and effective enforcement; outreach, education and compliance assistance; and cooperative and voluntary programs."
The President's proposed budget underscores the importance of OSHA's enforcement program, funding a planned 37,700 workplace inspections throughout FY 2006. The proposal also includes $1 million to expand the compliance assistance programs of states operating their own OSHA programs. The added monies will enable state plan states to add new compliance assistance positions that can focus on establishing more Voluntary Protection Programs sites, new cooperative agreements and expand training and outreach.
Enhancing OSHA's data collection and analysis capabilities is the impetus behind a $1 million increase to the agency's safety and health statistics budget. The key advantage gained by the increase will be the ability of the agency to begin developing a predictive model to allow the agency to report performance measurement data shortly after the close of the fiscal year.
OSHA's FY 2006 budget also calls for the reduction of $10.2 million by eliminating the agency's Susan Harwood training grants program. Snare explained that OSHA has a variety of outreach, compliance assistance and training programs. Many of OSHA's Alliances address training components, while the agency's web-based training materials continues to expand. The agency also offers training through the OSHA Training Institute, 19 Education Centers and train-the-trainer Outreach Training Program that reaches more than 360,000 workers annually. "The availability and success of these programs and capabilities within a constrained budget environment," he said, "will ensure that training and outreach to thousands of workers and employers is not compromised by the elimination of the training grants program."
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 www.osha.gov.
(NOTE: The FY06 budget breakdown chart follows this press release).
(The President's FY2006 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 hold their downward trend--over the past five years, the rate has decreased 11 percent. While the total number of fatalities was up slightly in 2003, the U.S. on-the-job fatality rate remains at 4.0 per 100,000 workers. Further, the rates of fatal work injuries for both 2002 and 2003 were the lowest ever recorded by the fatality census (conducted each year since 1992). In FY 2006, OSHA will continue to emphasize a balanced approach to workplace safety and health that includes:
- Strong, fair and effective enforcement;
- Outreach, education and compliance assistance; and
- Cooperative and voluntary programs.
(Dollars in Millions)
|FY 2005||FY 2006||Change|
|Safety and Health Standards||$16.0||$16.6||$0.6|
|Federal Compliance Assistance||70.9||73.3||2.4|
|State Consultation Grants||53.4||53.9||0.5|
|Safety and Health Statistics||22.2||24.5||2.3|
|Executive Direction and Administration||10.1||10.7||0.6|
|Total, OSHA Budget Authority||$464.2||$467.0||$2.8|
|Full Time Equivalents *(includes 8 reimbursable FTE)||2,208||2,208||---|
|FY 2005||FY 2006||Change|
|Notices of Proposed Rulemaking||4||3||-1|
|State Program Inspections||58,000||58,000||---|
|Total VPP Federal VPP Sites||993||1,264||271|
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