Thought Leadership


OSHA faces axe of automatic spending cuts

Funding slashes could cost OSHA 81 full-time employees

September 5, 2012
KEYWORDS budget / msha / NIOSH
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

slow growthThis problem is called “Sequestration”! If you recall, Congress failed to come up with adequate spending cuts following enactment of the Budget Control Act. This law stated that if Congress failed to cut spending by about $1.4 trillion, then automatic spending cuts would take effect on January 1, 2013. While I can’t imagine Congress allowing this to happen, here is what these cuts would mean –

OSHA – The $565 million budget for OSHA would face an automatic cut of approximately $44 million. To give you an idea of what that would mean – that $44 million is more than twice the entire budget for standard-setting. OSHA would also have to cut 81 full-time employees.

MSHA – The MSHA budget of $373 million would be cut by $29 million.

NIOSH – While one would hope that NIOSH would only face cuts in the neighborhood of around 8 percent like the others, there is no way to know whether or not CDC would decide to take more money from NIOSH to keep CDC fully-funded.

In other words, this sequestration would be a disaster for occupational safety and health, let alone the rest of the federal government. Congress must address this issue either before the November election or immediately following the election. Insiders claim no one wants to address the issue until after the election when we know who will be in charge in January.

And let’s not forget – the Administration has ordered all executive branch departments and agencies except the Pentagon to cut their budget requests for fiscal year 2014 by 5 percent below the level proposed in the 2013 budget. This is going to get interesting.

Excerpted from Aaron’s “Happenings from the Hill” 9.5.12.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN1014_cover.jpg

2014 October

This issue features articles about PPE safety and OSHA standards

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.