News Release USDL:95.235
Wednesday, June 21, 1995
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming, (202) 219-8151
Applications: Helen Beall, (708) 297-4810
OSHA Seeks Nonprofit Groups To Share $1.7 Million For Safety And Health
In keeping with its new emphasis on partnership and
cooperation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) is inviting nonprofit groups to apply for targeted
Grantees will conduct training and develop educational
materials on fall protection in residential construction; small
business safety and health programs; injury prevention for
hospital, nursing or medical facility workers; or logging safety
for small employers. Applications are due Aug. 4, 1995.
"The training these grants offer will strengthen OSHA's
partnership with employers and employees in promoting safe and
healthful work environments. Additional training resources will
make a positive difference in reducing workplace injuries and
illnesses associated with hazards common to the target
industries," said Assistant Secretary of Labor Joseph A. Dear,
who administers OSHA.
Under the targeted training grant program, OSHA encourages
nonprofit groups to develop training focusing on workers and
employers in small businesses (250 or fewer employees), new OSHA
standards or areas of special emphasis or recognized high risk
activities or tasks. The goal is to enable as many
workers/employers as possible to recognize and abate workplace
hazards and comply with OSHA standards.
With $1.7 million to allocate through this program, OSHA
expects the average award to be $100,000. Approximately $200,000
has been set aside for logging and $500,000 each for fall
protection, safety and health programs for small businesses and
injury prevention in medical facilities. OSHA may consider
geographical distribution and coverage of populations at risk in
determining its grant selections. Grants will be awarded for a
twelve-month period and may be renewed for an additional year,
depending on the availability of funds, the continuing need for
the training and satisfactory performance by the grantee.
Targeted training grant recipients must contribute at least
20 percent in matching funds. This match may be in-kind, rather
than in cash. All applicants must certify that they have a drug-
free workplace and comply with restrictions on lobbying.
Only nonprofit organizations which are not agencies of state
or local governments are eligible to apply. However,
institutions of higher education supported by state or local
governments are eligible to apply. Applicants other than
institutions of higher education must submit evidence of
nonprofit status, preferably from the Internal Revenue Service.
A consortium must have a written agreement spelling out roles and
responsibilities for members and designate one member as the lead
agency to receive the grant and be responsible for grant
In selecting grantees, OSHA will give preference to
consortiums that include community-based organizations or other
organizations that can reach out to workers who are minorities or
migrants, have limited English, or have entry level and/or
minimum wage jobs. Also the agency will favor proposals that
offer train-the-trainer approaches, especially programs that
train workers to train other workers. All grant programs will be
encouraged to include managers and/or supervisors and small
businesses in their training.
OSHA reviews all educational materials for technical
accuracy during development and before final publication. This
includes instructional curriculums and purchased training
materials. Grant recipients are expected to share educational
materials they develop with others in the relevant industry. In
addition, grantees must provide copies of completed educational
materials to OSHA before the end of the grant period. OSHA
circulates audiovisual materials produced under the grant program
through its Resource Center's lending program.
Applicants should obtain detailed grant instructions from
the OSHA Office of Training and Education, Division of Training
and Educational Programs 1555 Times Dr., Des Plaines, Ill. 60018.
Completed applications must be received by the above office no
later than 4:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Aug. 4, 1995.
Notice of the targeted grant program was scheduled to appear
in the June 21 Federal Register.
OSHA'S TARGETED GRANTS PROGRAM for Training and Education
Fall Protection in Residential Construction
Safety and Health Programs for Small Businesses
Prevention of Injuries in Hospitals, Nursing or Other
Activities inconsistent with the goals and objectives of
the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
Activities for workplaces not covered by OSHA.
Activities to benefit state, county or municipal
workers, except in state plan states.
Publishing materials that have not been reviewed by OSHA.
Training activities not directly dealing with workplace
hazards (such as workers' compensation, first aid, etc.).
Activities involving arbitration or claims against federal
state or local governments.
Activities that duplicate services offered by OSHA or
state OSHAs or OSHA-funded consultation programs.
Activities directly or indirectly intended to generate
membership in the grantee's organization.
Plan for training and education addressing one of the
Number of employees/employers to be reached.
Number of workers to be trained as trainers of fellow
Appropriateness of activities for target population.
Plan to recruit trainees for the program.
Plan for evaluating the program's effectiveness.
Feasibility and soundness of work plan.
Occupational safety and health experience of the
Evidence of previous experience in training and education.
Technical/professional expertise of present/proposed
Experience in reaching the target population and
conducting safety and health training for that group.
Managerial expertise of the applicant over the past five
Experience of the applicant in administering federal
and/or state grants.
Completeness of the application, including forms, budget
detail, narrative and work plan and attachments.
Reasonableness in relation to planned activities.
Matching share minimum of 20 percent is met.
Compliance with applicable federal cost principles.
Submission by a consortium that includes community-based
organizations that can reach out to workers who are
minorities or migrants or who have limited English or who
have entry level and/or minimum wage jobs.
Conducting train-the-trainer programs, especially for
workers to train other workers.
Applications may be obtained from the OSHA Office of
Training and Education, Division of Training and Educational
Programs, 1555 Times Dr., Des Plaines, Ill. 60018. They are due
at 4:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time on August 4, 1995.