OSHA Data Initiative

To fund collection of occupational injury and illness data from employers in specified industries nationwide.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Thirty State agencies collect occupational injury and illness rates that are used to fill OSHA's basic data needs to target interventions (i.e., inspections, outreach, technical assistance and leveraging programs).

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Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for regional offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 78,779 employer samples, fiscal year 2008 estimate is 80,000 employer samples, and fiscal year 2009 estimate is 80,000 employer samples.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative Agreements to States to collect occupational injury and illness data from employers in specified industries.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated State agencies that have been authorized by the Governor to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with full power to perform the obligations funded therein and to expend Federal funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any state agency that is capable of collecting data.


State agency that is capable of collecting data.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application instructions are distributed to the States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the designated State agencies. Completed applications are returned to OSHA's National Office. OMB Circulars No. A-102 and A-110 govern application requirements.

Award Procedures

Final approval of funding requests is given annually by the Director of Administrative Programs.


Annual schedules are established by OSHA's National Office. Contact National Office for deadline schedules.


Occupational Safety and Health Act, Section 7(c)(1) Public Law 91-596, 29 U.S.C. 651.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

One month.




Funding to States for administering their collection program can be renewed indefinitely, provided that the States continue to meet the requirements of the program. Applications for renewals are submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Grants Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Matching is not required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative Agreements are aspects of a continuing program. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Health and Human Services' Payment Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements


A program review 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, non federal 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



FY 07 $1,477,000; FY 08 est $1,321,000; and FY 09 est $1,321,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Fiscal year 2007 grants ranged from $5,750 to $186,024.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

29 CFR Parts 96, 97 and 1904, and OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-87 (2 CFR Part 225).

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

Agreements may be awarded only to a State agency, designated by the Governor of a State, which has submitted an application for funding.

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