The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently awarded $10.5 million in workplace safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations across the country.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program will be used for education and training programs to assist high-risk workers and their employers in identifying serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities.
“Susan Harwood training grants save lives,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez.
“The hands-on training supported by these grants helps assure that workers and employers have the tools and skills they need to identify hazards and prevent injuries.”
This year, OSHA is awarding around $2.2 million in new, targeted topic training and educational materials development grants to 19 organizations to help them in developing materials and programs aimed at addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies. Recipients are required to address occupational safety and health hazards designated by OSHA.
Approximately $2.3 million in new capacity-building developmental grants will be awarded to 15 organizations to provide occupational health and safety training, education and related assistance to workers and employers in the targeted populations.
Organizations which will receive these grants are expected to create organizational capacity to provide safety and health training on an ongoing basis.
“The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is an essential component of OSHA’s worker protection efforts. This program provides thousands of workers and small employers with hands-on training and education in some of the most dangerous industries,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr David Michaels.
Around 2.1 million workers have been trained through this program since its inception in 1978. The training program honors Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA’s former Directorate of Health Standards.
More information about the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/.