Consultation Agreements

To fund consultative workplace safety and health services, targeting smaller employers with more hazardous operations.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for regional offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: State consultation visits were 27,927. Fiscal Year 2017: State consultation visits are estimated at 27,420. Fiscal Year 2018: State consultation visits are estimated at 27,920.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative Agreements to States to provide occupational safety and health consultative services to employers.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated State agencies which have been authorized by the Governor to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with full power to perform the obligations funded therein and to expend Federal funds as well as State funds as required.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any private employer operating within a State, with priority given to smaller employers with the more hazardous operations.


State agency responsible for providing consultative services to employers must meet the minimum requirements of the consultation program set forth in 29 CFR 1908. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application instructions are distributed to the States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the designated State agencies through OSHA's Directives System. Completed applications are returned to OSHA's National Office.

Award Procedures

Final approval of funding requests is given annually by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Occupational Safety and Health Act, Section 21(d), Public Law 105-197, 29 U.S.C 651.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Funding to States for administering their consultation program can be renewed indefinitely, provided that State consultation projects continue to meet the requirements of the program. Applications for renewals are submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Grants Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. The Federal share may not exceed 90 percent of the total cost to the recipient. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Consultation Cooperative Agreements are aspects of a continuing program. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Health and Human Services' Payment Management System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program Reports are required annually.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Federal Financial Reports are required and submitted on a quarterly basis.

Performance Monitoring is conducted.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Records must be retained for 3 years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $57,775,000; FY 17 est $59,500,000; and FY 18 est $57,665,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Fiscal year 2016 grants ranged from $196,000 to $5,453,000. These awards represent approximately 90 percent of total program costs.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR Parts 200,and 2900; and 29 CFR Part 1908.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for regional offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Headquarters Office

Aleksandr Krivitskiy 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: 202-693-2423 Fax: 202-693-1696

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Agreements may be awarded only to a State agency, designated by the Governor of a State, which has submitted an application for funding.

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