The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded $10.7 million through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to 72 nonprofit organizations, including community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities.
The goals of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program are to provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved low-literacy workers in high-hazard industries. Since 1978, more than 1.8 million workers have been trained through this program.
The award categories for fiscal year 2012 grants include Capacity Building Developmental, Targeted Topic Training, and Training and Educational Materials Development.
“The programs funded by these grants provide thousands of workers and employers with critical health and safety training and education. These programs are unique in that they provide in person, hands-on training that will have a long-lasting impact on improving workplace safety and health,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
For information about the FY 2012 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients, visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2012_grant_recipients.html and http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2012_grant_targeted_recipients.html