OSHA Issues FY 2014 Budget
OSHA recently issued its FY 2014 Budget Justification.¬ The¬ document¬ spans over 130 pages and provides a wealth of information regarding the Agency‚Ä™s priorities.
In FY 2014, OSHA proposes to continue its aggressive enforcement posture.¬ The Budget Justification cites a recent study published in¬ Science magazine, which claimed that enforcement inspections result in safer workplaces and provide employers significant savings through reduced workers‚Ä™ compensation costs.
OSHA states in the Justification that ‚Äúthe average employer saved $355,000 (in 2011 dollars) as a result of an OSHA inspection.‚ÄĚ ¬ The Justification also states that OSHA is currently working with the Department of Labor‚Ä™s policy office to ‚Äútest the impact of inspections on injury and illness rates and overall compliance with OSHA standards and regulations for establishments on OSHA‚Ä™s targeted inspection lists.‚ÄĚ
OSHA also seeks an increase in funding for its standard setting activities, including an increase in $2 million dollars for ‚Äúcontract support for the agency‚Ä™s rulemaking efforts to protect workers from complex and dangerous hazards.‚ÄĚ ¬ With the funding requested OSHA projects that it will issue:
- Four Final Rules (Infectious Disease, Recordkeeping Modernization, Beryllium, and Vertical Tandem Lifts);
- Seven Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (Standards Improvement Project Phase IV, Infectious Disease, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, Combustible Dust, Backover Protection);
- Two consensus standard update actions; and
- Initiate SBREFA reviews for five rules (Combustible Dust, Backover Protection, one chemical standard, and two other initiatives).