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Study Examines Sequestration Cuts on Federal Health, Safety Agencies

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BudgetThe Center for Effective Government has published a document on the potential effects of sequestration on the Mine Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

House Republicans have suggested lower budget allocations in an appropriations bill for the agencies’ fiscal year 2014 budgets, according to the center’s report published in August.

MSHA, NIOSH and OSHA will have respective funding levels of $353 million, $305 million and $531 million next year as a result of 7.2 percent across-the-board cuts, the center estimates.

In “What’s At Stake: Austerity Budgets Threaten Worker Health and Safety,” the center aims to highlight risks of decreasing funding to agencies responsible for maintaining security and welfare of personnel and facilities in different industries.

The report mentions cuts in MSHA grants that cover training of miners on accident and health protection, as well as the NIOSH’s research and development activities on workplace environment safety.

“The deeper cuts proposed by the House would lead to an even sharper reduction in inspections and other health and safety activities at OSHA,” the center said in its report.

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