OSHA Awards Safety Training, Education Grants


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it has awarded almost $12.7 million to 100 non-profit organizations for health and safety training.

According to OSHA's emailed press release, the grants awarded this year, funded through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, were awarded in three categories:

  • Targeted Topic Training;
  • Training and Educational Materials Development; and
  • Capacity Building grants.

“The award of Susan Harwood Training Grants remind us of Dr. Harwood's important contributions to making our nation's workplaces safer and healthier for countless U.S. workers,” said Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su.

“Dr. Harwood's dedication to educating workers and employers continues to inspire those of us at the Department of Labor and those whose organizations will use these grants to help save lives.”

In May, the DOL unveiled the availability of more than $12.7 million in funding to support these training initiatives.  The grants will support recipients’ efforts to provide instructor-led 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.

“These grants are one of our most effective resources for providing training and education to hard-to-reach workers in high-hazard industries. More than a third of the awardees will be conducting training in the south, improving our training footprint in an area with a large, underserved workforce,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker.

“Training should be a key part of ensuring vulnerable workers are in safe and healthy environments and that they feel safe at work.”

The full list of fiscal year 2023 Susan Harwood Training Grants can be found here.

About Susan Harwood Grants

The Susan Harwood Training Grant 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, faith-based, grassroot organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes and public/state colleges and universities to provide free workplace safety and health training.

The funding opportunity categories include:

  • Targeted Topic Training: Supporting educational programs that identify and prevent workplace hazards. Applicants must conduct training on OSHA-designated workplace safety and health hazards;
  • Training and Educational Materials Development: Supporting the development of quality classroom-ready training and educational materials that identify and prevent workplace hazards; and
  • Capacity Building: Supporting organizations in developing new training programs to assess needs and plan for full-scale safety and health education programs, expanding their capacity to provide workplace safety and health training, education and related assistance to workers and employers.

2022 Safety Grants

Last year, in March, OSHA announced the availability of more than $3.2 million in funds to train and educate workers and employers on workplace health and safety. The 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, aims to help workers and employees identify and prevent work-related infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

To be eligible, training topics needed to focus on either on COVID-19 specifically or infectious diseases broadly. The maximum awarded for each grant was $160,000 for a 12-month performance period. Successful applicants would receive a 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.

In September, the DOL also announced the award of $11,746,992 for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. A full list of fiscal year 2022 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards can be found here.


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