Twenty-six State agencies operate approved State plans by providing standards covering occupational safety and health issues, an enforcement program for those standards, and adequate legal authority and resources to operate their programs.
The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.
In fiscal year 2007, State inspections totaled 57,380; fiscal year 2008 estimate, 50,900 State enforcement inspections; fiscal year 2009 estimate, 49,000 State enforcement inspections.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Grants to States to administer and enforce State programs for occupational safety and health, limited to States having federally approved plans.
Designated State agencies which have federally approved occupational safety and health plans.
Any employer, worker or their representative from a business engaged in interstate commerce except those under jurisdiction of other Federal agencies.
State agency responsible for occupational safety and health must show that its program is "at least as effective" as the Federal occupational safety and health program. This is accomplished by providing standards covering occupational safety and health issues, an enforcement program for those standards, and adequate legal authority and resources to operate the program.
Aplication and Award Process
No preapplication is required.
This program is excluded from coverage under Executive Order 12372.
Application instructions are distributed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to the approved State plan States through OSHA's Directives System. Completed applications are returned to the National Office through the Regional Offices. OMB Circular No. A-102 governs application requirements.
Final approval of funding requests is given annually by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
Annual schedules are established by OSHA's National Grants Office. Contact National Grant Office for deadline schedules.
Occupational Safety and Health Act, Section 23(g), Public Law 91-596, 29 U.S.C. 60 (c).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Grants to States for administering their own safety and health programs that can be renewed indefinitely, provided they continue to meet the "at least as effective" requirements. Applications for renewals are submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Grants Office.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Matching is required. The Federal share may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost to the State.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
State program grants are aspects of a continuing program. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Health and Human Services' Payment Management System.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program and fiscal reports are required quarterly.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records must be retained for three years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.
(Grants) FY 07 $91,093,000; FY 08 est $89,502,000; and FY 09 est $91,093,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fiscal year 2007 grants ranged from $201,000 to $23,013,900. These awards represent approximately 50 percent of total program cost.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
29 CFR Parts 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 2200; OMB Circulars A-102 and A-87 (2 CFR Part 225); and 29 CFR Parts 96 and 97.
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210. Contact: Pavlo Oborski. Telephone: (202) 693-1919.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Grants may be awarded only to a State agency, designated by the Governor of a State, which has had its State Plan approved by the Assistant Secretary and which has submitted an application for a grant.