OSHA Awards $10.6M in Grants to 78 Organizations across the Nation

The grants will go to nonprofit organizations

OSHA announced in a press release that they awarded $10,687,00 through the Susan Hardwood Training Grant Program to 78 nonprofit organizations across the country. These programs include community-and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities. The grants are intended to fund education and training for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury and illness prevention measures, and inform them of their rights and responsibilities.

“The Susan Hardwood Training Program provides thousands of workers and employers with hands-on, critical health and safety training to reduce occupational injuries,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in the release. “The federal grants award today will provide workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries with important tools to identify and eliminate hazards.”

39 organizations were awarded Targeted Topic Training grants, which are valued at $4,546,147. They support the development of quality training and materials for addressing workplace hazards.

Also, 14 organizations have been awarded a total of $2,805,085 in Capacity Building Development grants. These grants provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers.

Finally, OSHA award $3,335,768 to 24 organizations as part of one-year follow-on grants from the Capacity Building Developmental grantees from 2013.

“Since 1978, approximately 2 million workers have been trained through this program, and it is one of the most effective ways we have for communicating with vulnerable and hard-to-reach workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels in the release. “The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is an essential component of OSHA’s efforts to provide workers in high-risk industries with training about job hazards and their rights, and I am thrilled to see what our grantees will do.”

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