Occupational Safety and Health_State Program

To fund federally approved comprehensive State occupational safety and health programs that are "at least as effective" as the Federal program.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

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.

Agency - Department of Labor

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.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated State agencies which have federally approved occupational safety and health plans.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required.

This program is excluded from coverage under Executive Order 12372.

Application Procedures

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.

Award Procedures

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

Two months.




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.

Assistance Considerations

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Headquarters Office

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.

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