With the Obama administration proposing big budget cuts for some agencies, such as a 13% drop for EPA, it may come as somewhat of a surprise that OSHA’s budget would go up under the President’s proposed 2012 budget.
If the administration gets its way, and that’s doubtful this year, OSHA would receive $583 million in funding, an increase of $24.7 million (4.43%) compared to 2010’s enacted level. (For 2011, the federal government is working under a temporary extension of the 2010 budget. In other words, funding this year remains under 2010 levels.)
The budget includes 72 additional full-time employees, 25 of whom would be new inspectors.
The federal enforcement budget would increase $7.7 million. States with their own OSHAs would get $1.5 million more from the federal government to fund their agencies.
The increases don’t all go to enforcement. Compliance assistance for employers would receive an extra $650,000.
If you’d like to, and we don’t necessarily recommend it, you can read all 114 pages of OSHA’s proposed budget here (PDF).
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