OSHA Grants $12.7M to Boost Safety Training Across the Nation

OSHA Grants $12.7M to Boost Safety Training Across the Nation

The initiative aids 100 nonprofits in promoting worker safety.

OSHA has distributed grants totaling approximately $12.7 million to 100 non-profit entities throughout the country, courtesy of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

According to a release dated Sept. 19, this funding is divided into three distinct categories: Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development and Capacity Building. These grants aim to enhance educational initiatives helping employees and employers understand key workplace hazards, practice injury prevention and develop a better understanding of the rights and duties they hold under federal statutes.

Throughout her 17-year tenure with OSHA, Dr. Susan Harwood—the program’s namesake and previous director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment—played a pivotal role in crafting the federal guidelines that currently safeguard employees from numerous workplace perils, including hazardous substances like asbestos, benzene and formaldehyde.

“The award of Susan Harwood Training Grants reminds us of Dr. Harwood's important contributions to making our nation's workplaces safer and healthier for countless U.S. workers,” Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su said in a statement. “Dr. Harwood's dedication to educating workers and employers continues to inspire those of us at the Department of Labor and those whose organizations will use these grants to help save lives.”

The grant beneficiaries span a diverse array of nonprofit organizations, ranging from local colleges to labor unions and even faith-based groups. The primary focus will be on small-business employers and the underserved laborers working in high-risk sectors. A full list of the Susan Harwood Training Grant awardees for the fiscal year 2023 is available online.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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