President Trump’s 2018 Budget Requests Sharp Cuts in OHS Funding

Published May 24, 2017
President Trump’s budget requests for fiscal year 2018, released yesterday, contain sharp cuts for OHS agencies, including a 41 percent reduction of funding for NIOSH from 2017 levels. The president’s budget would eliminate NIOSH’s Education and Research Centers (ERCs) and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program. Also slated for elimination are the Chemical Safety Board and OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grants.

“AIHA is greatly concerned with the proposed cuts to several agencies and programs,” said AIHA CEO Larry Sloan in a press release. “Overall, AIHA’s message to the President is this: You cannot make America great again without protecting the health and safety of America’s workers. More, not less, must be done.”

NIOSH currently operates 18 ERCs around the country. The ERCs program directs funding to academic programs that focus on industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, and occupational safety. Most schools of public health in the United States have developed specialties in these areas, according to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of which NIOSH is a part.

The Susan Harwood Training Grants provide funds to nonprofit organizations that train and educate workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Details of the President’s FY2018 budget request for NIOSH can be found on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (PDF). Details of the OSHA budget are on the website of the Department of Labor (PDF).