NIOSH Targeted for Cuts in FY2012 Budget

VPPPA Safety News Network – March 3, 2011 NIOSH Targeted for Cuts in FY2012 Budget

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has two programs up for termination in the president’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 (FY2012) Budget. NIOSH’s Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Program (AFF) is set to lose $23 million—all of its funding. CDC’s budget justification states that AFF’s purpose is better suited for the Departments of Labor and Agriculture.

Additionally, NIOSH’s Educational Research Centers (ERC) will be completely defunded to the tune of $25 million. The closure of these centers, which are designed to encourage the development of academic programs in the field of occupational safety and health, is rationalized in the justification, which states they have fulfilled their purpose and overlap with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Outreach Training Program, Resource Center Loan Program and Training Institute Education Centers. Opponents of the cuts point out that there is no overlap with other departments as these programs target specific areas. They also note that eliminating the ERCs would jeopardize the nation’s supply of occupational safety and health professionals with graduate training. A bright spot for NIOSH is a $7 million increase in funding for nanotechnology research. For an overview of changes in NIOSH’s funding in the proposed FY2012 Budget, please visit them American Society of Safety Engineers’ website. VPPPA Safety News Network – March 3, 2011