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OSHA Announces $11.5M in Harwood Grants

Friday, May 22, 2020

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.

The Harwood program was established in 1978 and renamed for former OSHA Office of Risk Assessment director Susan Harwood in 1997.

The grants are for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Native American tribes, colleges and universities.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.

According to OSHA, the grant program aims to support training for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers, who are underserved, have limited English proficiency or are temporary workers.

The grants will fund training and education to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards, including the coronavirus, through the following funding opportunities categories:

  • Targeted Topic Training - educational programs that address identifying and preventing workplace hazards. These grants require applicants to conduct training on OSHA-designated workplace safety and health hazards;
  • Training and Educational Materials Development - ready training and educational materials that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards; and
  • Capacity Building - developing new capacity for conducting workplace safety and health training programs and must provide training and education based on identified needs of a specific audience or a set of related topics.

Applications for Harwood Grants must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 20. Applicants must possess a “D-U-N-S” number and have an active System of Award Management registration. A D-U-N-S number may be obtained free-of-charge from Dun & Bradstreet.


This is the third year in a row in which the amount of money up for grabs has increased, as last year OSHA allotted $10.5 million in Susan Harwood grants to 79 nonprofit organizations; 59 of the grants went to urban and economically distressed areas.

The year before, $9.3 million was awarded to 74 recipients.

Also in 2018, however, the future of the grants was in question as it was revealed that the DOL had planned to defund the program in fiscal year 2019 in order to hire new Compliance Assistance Specialists, who would among other duties provide training that would take the place of those funded by the Harwood program.


Tagged categories: Department of Labor; Government; Grants; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety

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