Monday, September 28, 1998
Contact: Jeff Ezell (202) 219-8151
OSHA AWARDS $4 MILLION IN TRAINING GRANTS
TO PROTECT AMERICA'S WORKERS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today awarded
$3.984 million in grants to 37 organizations so that they can develop
training programs that improve workplace safety and health. The awards,
known as the Susan Harwood Training Grants, are made to safety and health
organizations, employer associations, educational institutions and other
"These grants are important because they provide much-needed funding to
develop employee safety and health training programs," said Secretary of
Labor Alexis M. Herman.
OSHA requires Harwood grantees to develop training programs, recruit
workers and employers for the training, conduct the training, and perform
follow-up research to determine the training's effect on reducing workplace
injuries and illnesses.
"The Harwood grants," said Charles N. Jeffress, assistant secretary of
labor for occupational safety and health, "illustrate OSHA's commitment
to protect workers. This year's grantees will focus on such important
areas as ergonomics, construction, silica in general industry, food
processing, scaffolding, and workplace violence."
Harwood, who died in 1996, was an OSHA employee for 17 years and the
former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in the agency's Health
Standards Directorate. Among the standards that Harwood worked on
during her career were tuberculosis, bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust,
benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.
OSHA expects to issue in early 1999 another Request for Proposal for a
new group of training grants.
[Editors: Attached is a list of new and
renewal grantees, along with the amount of the grant and a
brief description of their program. Contact the person listed for
more specific information about their organization's grant.]