Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Bush Requests $501.7 Million for OSHA: FY 2009 Funding

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Bush Requests $501.7 Million for OSHA: FY 2009 Funding

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Surpassing the $500 million mark for the first time, President George W. Bush's proposed FY 2009 OSHA budget aims to maintain the agency's current program activities as well as provide increases for federal enforcement and compliance assistance efforts.

At a Feb. 4 press briefing in Washington, D.C., OSHA Assistant Secretary for Labor Edwin Foulke Jr. announced that President Bush requested the agency receive an increase of nearly $15.7 million over the fiscal year 2008 level, for a total of $501.7 million for the next fiscal year.

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"This budget reinforces our balanced approach to employee safety and health--an approach that works," Foulke stated, explaining that OSHA always maintained a "balanced approach consisting of aggressive enforcement, cooperative programs, outreach, education and compliance assistance" since 2001.

According to Foulke, the agency will devote $11.3 million to support enforcement programs and $5.2 million to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees, placing a special emphasis on small businesses.

Pointing out that enforcement was the "largest component" of the agency's budget, Foulke said he is projecting 37,700 inspections for the following year. …

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