In Washington last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill for a significant OSHA funding increase for 2020. With an allocation of $660.9 million for OSHA there is an increase of over $103 million more than what was proposed and overall $300,00 more than the 2019 approved budget.
The Department of Labor wants to “maximize flexibility and use alternative methods to develop and distribute training materials to reach the broadest possible audience” in lieu of the grants, the department’s budget summary states.
OSHA has a record low of 875 compliance safety & health officers presently. The largest increase of funds to the budget will be allocated to federal enforcement. As reported earlier this spring, more inspections and enforcement from OSHA can be expected in 2020.