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OSHA Grants to Train Workers

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Workplace safety regulators have awarded $10.5 million in grants to 77 nonprofit organizations across the country in an effort to create safer worksites.

The grants—funded through the Labor Department’s Susan Harwood Training Grants Program—will provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Nonprofit organizations, including community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, colleges and universities are listed among the recipients.

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Funding will help address occupational safety and health topics for high-hazard jobs, like construction.

Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries.

Award Categories

The fiscal year 2016 award categories are as follows: Capacity-Building Developmental, Capacity-Building Pilot, Targeted Topic Training, and Training and Educational Materials Development.

Specifically, OSHA is awarding approximately $3.6 million in new targeted-topic training grants to 28 organizations to develop materials and programs addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies. These grant types require recipients to address occupational safety and health topics designated by OSHA, including silica, confined spaces, workplace violence and other workplace hazards.

In addition, 11 organizations will receive approximately $1.5 million in new capacity building grants to provide occupational safety and health training, education and related assistance to workers and employers in targeted populations.

OSHA also awarded approximately $4 million in follow-on grants to 26 capacity-building developmental grantees and $1.4 million in follow-on grants to 12 targeted topic grantees that performed satisfactorily during the fiscal year 2015 grant year.

Creating Safe Workplaces

“Education and training help employers keep our nation's workers safe and healthy, especially in high-hazard industries,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Organizations receiving the Susan Harwood Training Grants we are awarding today help employees and employers create safer, healthier workplaces.”

For a complete listing of the fiscal year 2016 grant recipients, visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2016_grant_recipients.html  and http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2016_grant_targeted_recipients.html.

   

Tagged categories: Funding; Good Technical Practice; Grants; Health and safety; OSHA; Worker training; Workers

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