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17.503 Occupational Safety and Health_State Program

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

AUTHORIZATION:

Occupational Safety and Health Act, Section 23(g), Public Law 91-596, 29 U.S.C. 60 (c).
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To fund federally approved comprehensive State occupational safety and health programs that are "at least as effective" as the Federal program.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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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.

Credentials/Documentation:   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.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   No pre-application is required. This program is excluded from coverage under Executive Order 12372.

Application Procedure:   Application instructions are distributed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to the approved State plan States through OSHA's Regional Offices. Completed applications are returned to the National Office through the Regional Offices. OMB Circular No. A-102 governs application requirements.

Award Procedure:   Final approval of funding requests is given annually by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Deadlines:   Annual schedules are established by OSHA's National Grants Office. Contact National Grant Office for deadline schedules.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Three months.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   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:

Reports:   Program and fiscal reports are required quarterly.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   Records must be retained for three years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   16-0400-0-1-554.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $88,369,000; FY 02 est $89,747,000; and FY 03 est $89,747,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Fiscal year 2016 grants ranged from $196,000 to $26,544,000. These awards represent approximately 50 percent of total program cost.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, State inspections totaled 55,116; fiscal year 2002 estimate, 56,000 State enforcement inspections; fiscal year 2003 estimate, 55,400 State enforcement.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

29 CFR PARTS 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 2200, and OMB Circulars A-102 & A-110.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Headquarters Office:   Aleksandr Krivitskiy 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: krivitskiy.aleks@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-2423 Fax: 202-693-1696

Web Site Address:  
https://www.osha.gov

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.

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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