Trump Budget Targets OSHA Training Program for Elimination

- Under the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training program for low-literacy and high-hazard industry workers would be eliminated.

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides federal funding to workers’ centers, employment networks, union groups, and universities in the form of grants that can be used to train both workers and instructors on the hazards specific to different industries.

The Harwood program has been a long-time target of Republican lawmakers who claim the program is less effective and efficient then state-managed consultation and training programs. Under the Obama administration, however, OSHA defended the Harwood program and argued it demonstrated successful government oversight.

The Harwood program was the only OSHA program the budget proposal specifically identified for elimination. Cutting the program will save the federal government roughly $11 million annually.

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