Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Foulke: Bush Budget Boosts OSHA's Mission

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Foulke: Bush Budget Boosts OSHA's Mission

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President George W. Bush has proposed a fiscal year 2008 budget of $490.3 million for OSHA, which the agency said includes an increase of nearly $18 million for federal enforcement and federal compliance assistance.

"The president's budget for the Department of Labor provides the resources the department needs to pursue its strategic goal of ensuring safe and healthful workplaces," OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. told reporters at a budget briefing held in Washington, D.C.

Foulke expressed confidence that the proposed budget would help the agency continue its "balanced approach" of multiple intervention strategies to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job, which include enforcement; outreach, education and compliance assistance; and cooperative and voluntary programs.

From the moment Foulke took the position of OSHA administrator, he said he intended to enhance the agency's compliance assistance initiatives, such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). To this end, Foulke said, the agency is "proposing to increase resources [for VPP] ... by more than $4.6 million."

In addition, the FY 2008 budget provides the agency with 13 additional full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees to expand the VPP program, and it restores 40 FTEs that were not funded at the current budget level. …

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