OSHA is requesting a $595 million budget for FY 2017 which would be a 7.6 percent increase over its 2016 budget of almost $553 million, according to a Safety News Alert report. The agency’s budget had a zero increase from 2015 to 2016. It has also requested an additional 100 full-time-equivalent employees, an increase of 4.6 percent, to bring its total workforce to 2,276 full time employees. OSHA wants an additional $5.1 million and 23 employees to implement President Obama’s Executive Order, “Improving Chemical Safety and Security,” to prevent devastating accidents like the explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people. Of the total request for these improvements, $2.45 million would be allocated to “modernize OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and other chemical-related standards.” The remaining $2.7 million would be used to hire compliance officers to perform inspections of chemical facilities. FY 2017 starts on October 1st.
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