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OSHA News Release: [09/22/2010]
Contact Name: Diana Petterson or Jason Surbey
Phone Number: (202) 693-1898 or x4668
Release Number: 10-1305-NAT

US Department of Laborís OSHA awards $2.75 million in Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grants for safety and health training

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today awarded $2.75 million in Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grants to 16 organizations, including nonprofit and community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities.

These grants will assist organizations in providing safety and health training, and educational programs for workers and employers. The $2.75 million is in addition to the $8 million OSHA awarded Sept. 9 to 45 organizations for the Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grants.

Targeted Topic Training Grants are one-year grants that support the development of quality occupational safety and health training materials and programs for workers and employers addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies. Earlier this month, OSHA announced the multi-year Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grants that build capacity in organizations to provide training and related services to workers and employers.

"This grant program is a crucial component to our efforts to provide workers with training about job hazards and their rights. It also provides employers with information about unsafe working conditions and their responsibilities under the law," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

"The education and training organizations receiving grants are designed to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths by providing the knowledge and tools that workers and employers need to identify and correct workplace safety and health hazards," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels.

The Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant Program was named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's health standards directorate, who died in 1996.

The targeted topic grants support workplace occupational safety and health programs in both construction and general industry that educate workers and employers in industries with high hazard and fatality rates, workers with limited English proficiency, hard-to-reach workers and supervisors, and small business employers. Additionally, the grant provides funds to develop training materials to train workers and employers to recognize, avoid, abate and prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces. The agency received a total of 168 targeted topic grant applications.

This grant program is an important component of OSHA's efforts to provide workers in high-risk industries with training about job hazards and their rights. It also provides employers with crucial information about unsafe working conditions, mitigation strategies and their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

For more information on the 2010 Susan Harwood Targeted Training Topic grant recipients, visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2010_grant_targeted_recipients.html. For more information on the grant program, visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/. Public inquiries should be directed to Kimberly Newell at 847-759-7705 or Jim Barnes at 847-759-7781.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

Editor's Note: A list of states and funding amounts follows this release.


FY 2010 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant Recipients Arranged Alphabetically by State

Organization Name

City, State

Funding Amount

Targeted Topic

Subtopic

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

$191,000

Construction

Fall Protection

National Jewish Health

Denver, Colo.

$139,924

General Industry

Beryllium

International Association of Fire Fighters

Washington, D.C.

$220,000

General Industry

Emergency Preparedness

Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust

Washington, D.C.

$29,755

Construction

Green Jobs Industry Hazards

Sustainable Workplace Alliance

Stuart, Fla.

$198,150

General Industry

Green Jobs Industry Hazards

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Owensboro, Ky.

$150,000

Both Construction and General Industry

Electrical Safety

National Association of Home Builders Research Center

Upper Marlboro, Md.

$220,000

Construction

Fall Protection

Ozarks Technical Community College

Springfield, Mo.

$181,674

General Industry

Confined Space Hazards in General Industry

North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project

Greensboro, N.C.

$80,000

Both Construction and General Industry

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Ergonomic Principles

UMDNJ-School of Public Health

Piscataway, N.J.

$220,000

Construction

Focus Four

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

$200,000

General Industry

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Ergonomic Principles

Hispanic Contractor's Association de San Antonio, Inc.

San Antonio, Texas

$119,800

General Industry

Safety & Health Programs

Texas Engineering Extension Service

College Station, Texas

$198,012

Construction

Work Zone Safety

William Marsh Rice University

Houston, Texas

$236,000

General Industry

Nanotechnology

Professional Landcare Network

Herndon, Va.

$164,900

General Industry

Landscaping & Tree Service Safety

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wis.

$200,785

General Industry

Safety & Health Programs