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Labor secretary: OSHA jobsite inspections likely to increase

April 11, 2019 / Kim Slowey

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta told a House Appropriations subcommittee last week that as soon as a new crop of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agents completes training, he expects jobsite inspections to increase. In a written statement to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Acosta said OSHA hired 76 new inspectors in Fiscal Year 2018 and that it would be anywhere from a year to three years before they will be ready to conduct field inspections on their own. Even so, he told subcommittee members that OSHA had conducted 32,000 inspections each year in 2017 and 2018, an increase from 2016 figures. President Donald Trump, he said, is seeking $557 million for OSHA in his FY 2020 budget request, an increase from last year, which would pay for additional staff, including 30 additional compliance officers and five more whistleblower investigators.