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Monday, September 13, 2010

OSHA awards $8 million in safety and health training grants

OSHA last week awarded $8 million in Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grants to 45 organizations, including nonprofit and community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities. The grants will assist these organizations in providing safety and health training, and educational programs for workers and employers.

"Ensuring that workers and employers have the information they need is critical to safe and healthy workplaces," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants will help provide training and education aimed at identifying hazards, understanding rights and responsibilities, protecting health and saving lives."

The Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grants support training programs that educate workers and employers in industries with high injury and fatality rates; low literacy, young, limited English proficiency and otherwise vulnerable workers; and small business employers. They fund long-term programs that build safety and health competency within organizations.

OSHA awarded approximately $6.7 million to 30 organizations already providing occupational safety and health training, education and related assistance to their constituents, and that are seeking to expand and develop their capacity. Another $1.3 million in smaller pilot grants was awarded to 15 organizations that seek to lay the groundwork for a robust safety and health education program. The agency received a total of 166 applications for the capacity building grants.

"The programs funded by these grants will have a long-lasting, positive impact on workers and employers alike," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "OSHA also has significantly reached out to non-English speaking, and historically hard to reach, vulnerable workers by awarding grants to organizations committed to serving those groups."

The training grants are named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's health standards directorate, who died in 1996. The programs receiving grants are designed to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths by providing the knowledge and tools that workers and employers need to identify and correct workplace safety and health hazards. This grant program is an important component of OSHA's efforts to provide workers in high-risk industries with training about job hazards and their rights. It also provides employers with crucial information about unsafe working conditions, mitigation strategies and their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

For a complete list of the 2010 Susan Harwood Capacity Building grant recipients, visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2010_grant_recipients.html. For more information on the Susan Harwood grant program, visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html. Public inquiries should be directed to Kimberly Newell at 847-759-7705 or Jim Barnes at 847-759-7781. Media inquiries should be directed to Diana Petterson and Jason Surbey at the phone numbers and e-mail addresses provided above.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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Anonymous MRWED said...

Workplace Safety is very important because: it protects employees and the employer from death or injury, it teaches workers how to work in a safe environment and keeps everyone feels safe and happy.
The key to employee productivity is to keep them motivated. Employees can remain motivated if they feel the safety in their workplace.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Occupational Health and Safety Training said...

Well said. OH&S is an interest of mine and in my opinion occupational health and safety really is at the forefront of workplace issues. Having proper training and allowing employee’s access to qualified safety officers is imperative to reduction of staff injury and illness and maintaining a happy, healthy workplace. The new harmonised Australian OH&S laws are really reforming this important area of business and making workplaces across the nation safer for all.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Certificate IV in OH&S said...

Great article, just wishing ALL states would agree to the 'harmonisation' laws, currently only NSW and QLD are fully on board?

8:08 PM  

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