National COSH Wins Harwood Grant

Funded entirely by the $650,000 grant, the new initiative will enable the national network of local committees on occupational safety and health to offer new and expanded training, provide technical assistance, and build capacity to reach at-risk workers.

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a/k/a/ National COSH, announced the nature of the new initiative it will carry out thanks to a $650,000 grant from OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Funded entirely by the grant, the initiative will enable the national network of local committees on occupational safety and health to offer new and expanded training, provide technical assistance, and build capacity to reach at-risk workers. "Our goal is to reach out to America's most vulnerable workers," National COSH Executive Director Mary Vogel said. "OSHA has recognized the specific health and safety challenges faced by immigrant workers, low-literacy workers, young workers, temporary workers, and minorities. Our outreach will focus on overcoming barriers so that these workers have better access to the kind of training that saves lives and prevents injuries by creating healthy workplaces."

The announcement said training courses will be conducted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and other languages as needed for workers in several targeted industries, including meat processing, construction, health care, restaurants, warehousing, landscaping, waste and recycling, industrial laundry, janitorial and cleaning services, agriculture, retail, and oil and gas. The training will include sessions on how workers can exercise their right to a safe workplace under state and federal laws.

For more information, visit coshnetwork.org or follow @NationalCOSH on Twitter.

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