OSHA Announces $3.2M in Harwood Safety Grants


On Friday (March 4), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the availability of more than $3.2 million in funds to train and educate workers and employers on workplace health and safety.

According to OSHA, the funding opportunity is separate from the fiscal year 2022 Susan Harwood training grants for Targeted Topic, Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building.

The recently announced grant opportunity, which has been made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for Susan Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, aim to help workers and employees identify and prevent work-related infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

The program sets out to support remote and in-person hands-on 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.

To be eligible, training topics must focus either on COVID-19 specifically or infectious diseases broadly. The maximum awarded for each grant is $160,000 for a 12-month performance period. Successful applicants may receive an FY 2021 and/or FY 2022 Harwood training grant and a Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, Including COVID-19 grant in the same year.

Applications for the Harwood grants are due no later than 11:50 p.m. EDT on May 6.

About Susan Harwood Grants

The Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training program was established in 1978 and renamed for former OSHA Office of Risk Assessment Director Susan Harwood in 1997.

In a 17-year career with the agency, Harwood helped develop federal standards to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

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.

The funding opportunity categories include:

  • 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.

2021 Safety Grant Recipients

Last September, the OSHA announced the award of more than $11.6 million in grants to educate workers and employers on workplace health and safety.

According to the Administration’s press release, the grants were awarded to 93 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will be used to fund education and training on hazard recognition and prevention, in addition to the rights workers have to safe workplaces and employer responsibilities to provide them.

The top five organizations awarded the most money include:

  • $180,000 in a development grant to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network;
  • $178,120 in a development grant to The University of Alabama;
  • $177,967 in a development grant to the University of New Hampshire;
  • $162,000 in a developmental follow-on grant to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and
  • In an 18-way tie, $160,000 was awarded in nearly every grant category.

A full list of the awardees can be viewed here.


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