News Release USDL 98-205
Tuesday, May 12, 1998
Contact: Helen Beall (Training Institute)
OSHA TO AWARD $2 MILLION IN WORKPLACE SAFETY AND
HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION GRANTS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
today announced plans to award $2 million in grants to
nonprofit organizations to conduct safety and health training
and education in the workplace.
Grants will be available for training in safety and health
programs for construction, silica hazards in general industry,
food processing, shipyards, logging and outreach to workers.
"This training is a major component of OSHA's efforts to
reduce workplace injuries and illness," said OSHA Administrator
Charles N. Jeffress. "We particularly like programs that use
the train-the-trainer approach because they increase the impact
that OSHA can have on workplaces."
These grants are named in honor of the late Susan Harwood,
the director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's health
standards directorate who died in 1996 after a distinguished
career of service to her profession. The grants emphasize
* Educating workers and employers in small businesses. A small
business has 250 or fewer employees.
* Training workers and employers about new OSHA standards.
* Training workers and employers about high risk activities or
hazards identified by OSHA through the priority planning process or
as part of an OSHA special emphasis program.
Grantees are expected to develop training and/or educational programs
that address one of the topics named by OSHA; recruit workers and
employers for the training, and conduct the training. They also
will be expected to follow up with people trained to find out what,
changes were made to reduce hazards in their workplaces as a result
of the training.
Grant applications will be reviewed by OSHA staff and the review
results will be presented to Assistant Secretary Jeffress, who will
select the organizations to be awarded grants.
Preference will be given to applicants who plan to conduct
train-the-trainer programs. Applicants are encouraged to include
managers and/or supervisors in their training. In general, applications
that propose to serve a single employer will not be selected, because
OSHA is interested in reaching multiple employers with each grant
The average grant will be $100,000 and recipients must
contribute at least a 20 percent matching share, which may be
in-kind rather than a cash contribution. Grants are for 12 months
and may be renewed.
Grant application instructions may be obtained from the OSHA
Office of Training and Education, Division of Training and Educational
Programs, 1555 Times Drive, Des Plains, IL 60018. The instructions
are also available on the Internet at
The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Central time, June 26, 1998.
Applications are to be mailed to the Division of Training and Educational
Programs at the above address, phone:
(847) 297-4810. Applications will not be accepted by fax.
Notice of the grant availability is in the
Monday, May 11, 1998 Federal Register.
(Editor's Note: See attached fact sheet for additional information
on grants program.)
The text of this news release is on the Internet World Wide Web
at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this news release will be
made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice
OSHA 1998 Susan Harwood Training
Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Any nonprofit organization that is not an agency of a state or local
government is eligible to apply. However, state or local government-supported
institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Applicants
other than state or local government-supported institutions of higher
education will be required to submit evidence of their nonprofit
status, preferably from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
What are the 1998 training topics?
Construction. Applicants may address one of the following
* Recognition and avoidance of lead and silica hazards in bridge
repair and renovation.
* Safety and health hazards in highway construction with emphasis
on preventing fatalities, particularly those caused by being struck
by vehicles and equipment.
* Recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards in construction,
particularly contact with overhead power lines. Projects will
emphasize developing systems and procedures that will provide ongoing
training programs for new employees after the grant has ended.
Silica in general industry. Recognition and avoidance of silica
hazards in industries where sandblasting is a process, such as metal
finishing, or where silica is part of the manufacturing process, such
Food processing. Safety and health hazards in red meat and/or
Shipyards. Safety and health hazards in shipbuilding,
shipbreaking, or ship repair.
Logging. Logging safety focusing on the OSHA standard and
safe work practices. Projects must include a statewide group
involved in the logging industry, such as a state forestry association.
Outreach to workers. Training workers about their rights
under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, how these rights can
be exercised and what protections workers have. Training is to
include sections 8(f) and 11 (c) of the OSHA Act, employee discrimination
complaints under 29 CFR Part 24 (environmental laws), and complaints
under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (29 CFR 1978).
Projects will reach out to workers to inform them of their rights.
Preference will be given to those that develop programs which will
continue disseminating information after the grant ends.
What can grant funds be spent on?
Grant funds can be spent on the following:
* Conducting training
* Conducting other activities that reach and inform workers and
employers about occupational safety and health hazards and hazard
* Developing educational materials for use in the training
Are there restrictions on how grant funds can be spent?
OSHA will not provide funding for the following activities.
Any activity that is inconsistent with the goals and objectives
of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
Training involving workplaces that are not covered by the OSHA Act.
Examples include state and government workers in non-State Plan States
and workers covered by section 4(b)(1) of the Act (employees of other
Federal agencies that have their own safety and regulations).
Production, publication, reproduction or use of training and
educational materials, including newsletters and instructional
programs, that have not been reviewed by OSHA for technical accuracy.
Activities that address issues other than recognition,
avoidance, and prevention of unsafe or unhealthy working conditions.
Examples include workers' compensation, first aid, and publication
of materials prejudicial to labor or management.
Activities that provide assistance to workers in arbitration
cases or other actions against employers, or that provide assistance
to employers and/or workers in the prosecution of claims against
federal, state or local governments.
Activities that directly duplicate services offered by OSHA,
a state under an OSHA-approved state plan, or consultation programs
provided by state designated agencies under section 7(c)(1) of the
Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Activities intended to generate membership in the grantee's
organization. This includes activities to acquaint nonmembers with
the benefits of membership, inclusion of membership appeals in
materials produced with grant funds, and membership drives.