News Release USDL: 95-400
Wednesday, September 27, 1995
Contact: Frank Kane,(202) 219-8151
Training Institute: Helen Beall,(708) 297-4810
OSHA Awards $1,630,000 In Targeted Training Grants
For Workplace Safety And Health
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
today announced $1,630,000 in training grants for 17 nonprofit
groups to help employers and employees reduce workplace injuries
The grantees will both train and develop educational
materials on fall protection in residential construction; small
business safety and health programs; injury prevention for
workers who do lifting in hospitals, nursing or medical
facilities and logging safety.
"The education and training resulting from these grants will
strengthen OSHA's partnership with employers and employees in
promoting safer and more healthy work environments," said
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Joseph A. Dear. "These grants are targeted to help reduce
injuries and illnesses that result from hazards in those
Grantees are as follows:
Logging safety Total grants, $200,000.
Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council,
Tomahawk, Wis., $115,000 for training 4,150 persons. The
grantee, working with the Forest Industry Training Alliance,
will conduct in-woods safety training, on-site mechanized
equipment and truck driver training, and short training
sessions for employers on ergonomics. It will also conduct
sessions for employers on the new OSHA logging standard.
Geographic area covered: Wisconsin.
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash., $85,000 for
training 1,338 persons. The grantee will conduct seminars
on the new OSHA logging standard, provide on-site training
for loggers, assist logging firms in implementing safety and
health programs, and train loggers to conduct safety
training at logging sites. Geographic area covered: Eastern
Washington and Northern Idaho.
Prevention of lifting injuries in hospital and nursing or
medical care facilities Total grants, $455,000.
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union,
Washington, D.C., $70,000 for training 572 persons. The
union will train trainers and resource personnel in the 125
nursing homes it covers. The trainees will then conduct
orientation sessions to assist workers with lifting and
other activities with the potential for job injuries.
Geographic area to be covered: nationwide.
University of California-Los Angeles, $100,000 for
training 350 persons. The university will train nursing-
home workers to conduct training in the area of cumulative
trauma and back injury prevention. These trainers will
reach another 800 workers. The university will also conduct
ergonomic assessments at selected nursing homes and train
staff at those locations. Geographic area covered: Southern
Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio., $30,000 for training 365
persons. The hospital will develop a training program based
on its successful back injury prevention program for its
employees, train trainers to teach the program, and assist
the trainers with their training. The training will be
provided for home health care agencies. Geographic area
covered: Toledo, Ohio.
New York State Public Employees Federation, Albany, N.Y.,
$75,000 for training 200 persons. The union will adapt an
ergonomics training program and train hospital workers as
trainers in prevention of cumulative trauma disorders and
lifting. The trainers will ultimately train 4,000 at their
worksites. Employers already have committed training time
for their employees. Geographic area covered: New York
Mercy Foundation, Des Moines, Ia., $75,000 for training
2,793 persons. This program will develop lifting training
and train trainers from inner city and rural health care
sites. It will also establish ergonomics teams in each department of
participating facilities to reinforce the training in day-to-day operations.
Geographic area covered:
South Central Iowa.
Healthcare Educational and Research Fund, Albany, N.Y.,
$105,000 for training 240 persons. The grantee will provide
a train-the-trainer program for hospital safety and health
professionals and provide them with materials to train
workers and managers at their facilities to prevent back
injuries. The program will also provide followup services
to trainers to help them with their training. Geographic
area covered: New York State.
Safety and health programs for small businesses Total grants, $510,000.
York Area Labor-Management Council, York, Pa., $75,000 for
training 210 persons. The council will train small business
employees and employers in safety and health program
development. Trainees will receive a manual and a video on
conducting workplace inspections. Outreach will emphasize
minority-owned and operated businesses. Geographic area
covered: York County, Pennsylvania.
West Texas Safety Center, Midland, Tex., $95,000 for
training 300 persons. The grantee will develop a guide for
developing small business safety and health plans and train
employers and supervisors in small businesses as safety
trainers. The program and materials will be in English and
Spanish. Geographic area covered: West Texas and New
National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill., $110,000 for
training 500 persons. This grant will revise curriculum
developed under an earlier OSHA grant. It will also expand
the program from the Chicago area to nationwide, providing
chapters of the council with the opportunity to participate
in small business safety and health training. Geographic
area covered: Nationwide.
International Union, UAW, Detroit, Mich., $135,000 for
training 490 persons. The union will work with joint
labor/management safety and health groups in the
transportation and metalworking industries to provide
training in safety and health programs, ergonomics and
site-specific hazards. Geographic area covered: Nationwide.
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan., $95,000
for training 1,440 persons. The college will conduct train-the-trainer
programs for small business. It will also
provide site-specific safety and health training at employer
worksites. Geographic area covered: Southwest Kansas.
Fall protection in residential construction Total grants, $465,000.
UBC Health and Safety Fund, Washington, D.C., $205,000 for
training 1,260 persons. The Carpenters Union will develop
fall protection training and train trainers who will then
train apprentices and journeymen. Training will also be
conducted in Spanish. Geographic area covered: nationwide.
Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint
Trust Fund, Washington, D.C., $140,000 for training 465
persons. The roofers will develop fall protection training
and materials, train apprentice instructors, and train
apprentices. Geographic area covered: nationwide.
North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project,
Durham, N.C., $70,000 for training 339 persons. This
project will develop worker training, conduct public
education activities, train workers, and provide employers
with information about fall protection. Training will be
conducted in English and Spanish. Geographic area covered:
Midwest Roofing Contractors Association, Lawrence, Kan.,
$50,000 for training 1,500 persons. The grantee will develop
training materials on fall protection, conduct a series of
town hall sessions for roofing contractors in 23 states, and
provide training at its annual convention and trade show.
Geographic area covered: 23 Midwestern states.