Dept of Labor and EPA outline 2013 budget
February 13, 2012
United States Department of Labor (DOL) today outlined its part of the president’s fiscal year 2013 budget request to Congress. EPA's 2013 budget was also proposed, with a focus on more taut chemical regulatory processes and policy but showing an overall budget reduction of about $105 million.
Q&A session today Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and other DOL leaders will hold an online Q&A session about the DOL budget request at 1:30 p.m. EST today.
See the budget outline document: http://www.dol.gov/dol/budget/2013/PDF/CBJ-2013-V2-12.pdf
GHS update The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says GHS is "on schedule" to publish the final rule this month, in February 2012: Full story here.
In the final budget outline document, OSHA continues to work on rulemaking activities for the Injury and Illness Prevention Programs standard as part of DOL’s effort to inject into the regulatory agenda the Department’s core values to plan, prevent, and protect. OSHA also chairs the U.S. delegation and plays a key role in the development of the globally harmonized system (GHS) in the United Nations. The GHS is an international system that will improve worker knowledge regarding the hazardous chemicals they encounter, and reduce the number of deaths caused by these chemicals worldwide. The agency has been instrumental in the development and refining of this document and made great progress towards finalizing an OSHA rule that will adopt the GHS in the United States. The agency also made substantial progress on standards such as beryllium, diacetyl and infectious diseases.
OSHA continues to emphasize transparency, public participation, and collaboration as key elements of how the agency does business. In FY 2011, OSHA held stakeholder meetings on infectious diseases; an expert forum on combustible dust; and workshops and roundtable discussions on injury and illness prevention programs.
For information on the president’s FY 2013 budget request for the Department of Labor, visit http://www.dol.gov/budget.