News Release

$10.6M in safety and health grants awarded to 78 organizationsacross the nation by US Labor Department's OSHA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today awarded $10,687,000 through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to 78 nonprofit organizations, including community- and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities. The program provides grants 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 Harwood Training Grant Program supports safety and health training programs that educate workers and employers in industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; underserved youth; limited English proficiency and other vulnerable workers; and small businesses. The award categories for fiscal year 2014 grants were: Targeted Topic Training, including Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building Pilot and Capacity Building Developmental, including one-year follow-on grants to recipients from Fiscal Year 2013.

"The Susan Harwood 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. "The federal grants awarded today will provide workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries with important tools to identify and eliminate hazards."

Targeted Topic Training grants, valued at $4,546,147, have been awarded to 39 organizations to support the development of quality training and materials for addressing workplace hazards. The Targeted Topic Training grants require that recipients address occupational safety and health topics designated by OSHA.

Additionally, 14 organizations have been awarded a total of $2,805,085 in Capacity Building Developmental grants to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers. Organizations selected to receive these grants are expected to create organizational capacity to provide safety and health training on an ongoing basis.

OSHA also awarded $3,335,768 in one-year follow-on grants to 24 of the current Capacity Building Developmental grantees from Fiscal Year 2013. These grantees demonstrated their ability to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers in high-hazard industries, small-business employers and vulnerable workers.

"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 Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "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."

The training grant program is named in honor of Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's former Directorate of Health Standards, who passed away in 1996.

For information about the Fiscal Year 2014 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients, visit

More information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html. Public inquiries should be directed by email to Heather Wanderski at wanderski.heather@dol.gov or James Barnes at barnes.jim@dol.gov or by phone at 847-759-7700.

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 ensure 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 grantees, where they are located, and the amount they received follows this release.

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Organization

City

State

Funding

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association

Sitka

Alaska

$132,371

California Rural Legal Assistance Inc.

Oakland

Calif.

$140,000

Asian Health Services

Oakland

Calif.

$75,000

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates Inc.

Oakland

Calif.

$55,000

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Los Angeles

Calif.

$165,000

Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association

San Diego

Calif.

$101,614

Regents of the University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Calif.

$164,986

State Building & Construction Trades Council of California

Sacramento

Calif.

$175,750

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo

Colo.

$59,354

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood

Colo.

$139,148

American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation

Washington

District of Columbia

$133,674

American Road & Transportation Builders Association – Transportation Development Foundation

Washington

District of Columbia

$166,250

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs

Washington

District of Columbia

$177,000

Farmworker Justice Fund Inc.

Washington

District of Columbia

$165,000

Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust

Washington

District of Columbia

$47,700

SEIU Education and Support Fund

Washington

District of Columbia

$133,674

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Washington

District of Columbia

$133,073

Farmworker Association of Florida Inc.

Apopka

Fla.

$122,915

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Fla.

$171,000

Miami Dade College Kendall Campus

Miami

Fla.

$161,176

Lake-Sumter State College

Leesburg

Fla.

$103,964

The Sustainable Workplace Alliance Inc.

Bartow

Fla.

$114,095

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp.

Atlanta

Ga.

$139,958

University of Georgia

Athens

Ga.

$74,127

AgriSafe Network Inc.

Spencer

Iowa

$171,000

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City

Iowa

$137,394

Latino Worker Resource Center

Hillside

Ill.

$136,300

Interfaith Worker Justice

Chicago

Ill.

$162,000

National Roofing Contractors Association

Rosemont

Ill.

$137,000

Non-Ferrous Founders' Society

Park Ridge

Ill.

$50,000

University of Illinois, Board of Trustees

Champaign-Urbana

Ill.

$165,000

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove

Ill.

$119,505

Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana Inc.

Portage

Ind.

$154,124

Purdue University

West Lafayette

Ind.

$179,019

Sunflower Community Action Inc.

Wichita

Kan.

$80,000

University of Southern Maine

Portland

Maine

$131,704

Casa de Maryland Inc.

Hyattsville

Md.

$165,000

Brazilian Immigrant Center Inc.

Allston

Mass.

$99,875

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

Dorchester

Mass.

$139,138

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Longmeadow

Mass.

$650,000

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell

Mass.

$156,750

Michigan State University

East Lansing

Mich.

$138,242

Wayne State University

Detroit

Mich.

$139,995

Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest

Lincoln

Neb.

$76,000

Western Nebraska Community College

Scottsbluff

Neb.

$49,946

Tree Care Industry Association Inc.

Londonderry

N.H.

$139,528

Education & Training Institute Inc.

New Brunswick

N.J.

$164,980

El Comité de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agrcolas

Glassboro

N.J.

$53,810

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Community Services Agency

Trenton

N.J.

$164,160

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

New Brunswick

N.J.

$171,000

Rutgers School of Public Health

Piscataway

N.J.

$140,000

New Jersey Work Environment Council

Ewing

N.J.

$165,000

New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition

Placitas

N.M.

$139,998

Make the Road New York

Brooklyn

N.Y.

$159,600

MinKwon Center for Community Action Inc.

Flushing

N.Y.

$100,000

Mohawk Valley Community College

Utica

N.Y.

$139,870

Worker Justice Center of New York Inc.

Rochester

N.Y.

$121,389

North Carolina State University

Raleigh

N.C.

$50,000

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

$121,125

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater

Okla.

$160,740

Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health

Philadelphia

Pa.

$130,133

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Philadelphia

Pa.

$140,000

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

San Juan

Puerto Rico

$139,960

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Houston

Texas

$140,000

The University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso

Texas

$139,960

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington

Texas

$139,917

Compacion Foundation Inc.

Balch Springs

Texas

$139,823

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

College Station

Texas

$50,000

Workers Defense Project Inc.

Austin

Texas

$134,900

Legal Aid Justice Center

Charlottesville

Va.

$138,560

The Associated General Contractors of America

Arlington

Va.

$135,000

Boat People SOS Inc.

Falls Church

Va.

$166,250

Timber Products Manufacturers Inc.

Spokane

Wash.

$137,000

Casa Latina

Seattle

Wash.

$144,000

Voces de la Frontera

Milwaukee

Wis.

$140,000

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

River Falls

Wis.

$112,506

Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program Inc.

Ashland

Wis.

$112,970

West Virginia University Research Corp.

Morgantown

W.Va.

$165,000

Total = $10,687,000

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09/08/2014
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