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Congressional Notifications


Dear Congressional Staff:

Tomorrow the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will announce in the Federal Register the availability of approximately $8 million for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program for Capacity Building grants. The complete solicitation will be available at:

The Susan Harwood Capacity Building grantsare one-year pilot and multi-year developmental grants designed to support and assist organizations in establishing or expanding their capacity to address occupational safety and health problems, and provide training, education and related assistance. Grants will be awarded to training programs 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 in the prevention of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. This program is critical to OSHA's 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 Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Note: OSHA will be publishing a second Susan Harwood Training Grant Program solicitation for “Targeted Topic” training grants in the near future.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Janna Bergquist in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 693-4600 or

Capacity Building grant applications must be received electronically by the system no later than 4:30 p.m., E.T. on July 2, 2010.

The complete solicitation and information needed to apply for this funding opportunity are available at:

Any questions regarding this grant solicitation should be directed to Cynthia Bencheck, Program Analyst, e-mail address:, tel: 847-759-7700 (note this is not a toll-free number), or Jim Barnes, Director, Office of Training and Educational Programs, e-mail address:, tel. 847-759-7700 (note this is not a toll-free number.)

To obtain further information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, visit the OSHA Web site at:, select “Training” under the “Top Links” section, and then select “Susan Harwood Training Grant Program”.