"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," Snare said.
The proposal includes a $4.6 million increase for federal enforcement. In addition to funding a planned 37,700 workplace inspections throughout FY2006, the budget also includes $1 million to expand the compliance assistance programs of states operating their own OSHA programs. State-plan states will be able to add new compliance assistance positions to establish more Voluntary Protection Program sites and new cooperative agreements and expand training and outreach.
A $2.3 million increase to OSHA's safety and health statistics budget is aimed at improving the agencyâ€™s data collection and analysis capabilities. This will enable OSHA to begin developing a predictive model to allow the agency to report performance measurement data shortly after the close of the fiscal year.
OSHAâ€™s Susan Harwood training grants program will be eliminated, lopping $10.2 million off the FY2006 budget. This program became expendable with the emergence of OSHAâ€™s many outreach, compliance assistance and training programs, its numerous alliances that address training, and the agency's ever-expanding Web-based training materials.