More Than $21 Million Awarded in Grants Will Go Towards Safety Training

More Than $21 Million Awarded in Grants Will Go Towards Safety Training

The U.S. Department of Labor announces funding availabilities to OSHA.

OSHA training grants are given to non-profit organizations. The U.S. Department of Labor granted the $21 million geared towards employee training towards workplace hazards and infectious diseases. Under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, the first availability will provide $10 million. It will also include the coronavirus grants.

According to a press release, to be eligible for these grants, applicants must develop training that focuses on four program emphasis areas:

• Identifying and preventing workplace-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, those employing frontline workers or those serving susceptible populations.

• OSHA standards that address infectious diseases, including coronavirus.

• Workplace hazards identified in OSHA special emphasis programs or other priorities associated with infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.

Applications must be submitted here no later than 11:59 EDT on July 19. Applicants must have a D-U-N-S number as well as a System of Award Management Registration. Obtain a free D-U-N-S number from Dun & Bradstreet here. The second funding availability is for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The funding of $11,787,000 is available for Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development as well as new Capacity Building grants.

According to the press release, applicants can apply for a grant under one of the following funding opportunities:

• Targeted Topic Training grants support educational programs that identify and prevent workplace hazards. These grants require applicants to conduct training on OSHA-designated workplace safety and health hazards.

• Training and Educational Materials Development grants support the development of quality classroom-ready training and educational materials that identify and prevent workplace hazards.

• Capacity Building grants assist organizations that need time to assess needs and formulate a plan before moving forward with a full-scale safety and health education program, as well as expand their capacity to provide occupational safety and health training, education and related assistance to their constituents.

Applicants can apply for and receive both an ARPA “Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including the Coronavirus” grants and the Susan Harwood Training grants. Applications must be submitted at the previous link at 11:59 EDT on August 17 with the same D-U-N-S requirements. The program supports training in industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates. It also supports workers who are temporary, underserved or have a language proficiency.

About the Author

Shereen Hashem is the Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety magazine.

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