News Release USDL: 97-135
Friday, April 18, 1997
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming, (202) 219-8151
Applications: Helen Beall, (847) 297-4810
OSHA To Award $1.9 Million For Occupational Safety And Health
Small businesses, new safety and health standards and
hazardous workplace activities will be emphasized in $1.9 million
occupational safety and health training grants, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today.
Open to nonprofit organizations, the grants are intended to
foster workplace safety and health training in four key areas:
1) establishment of safety and health programs for small
businesses (fewer than 250 employees), 2) ergonomics, 3)
scaffolding, and 4) workplace violence prevention in high-risk
retail stores. Applications are due June 13, 1997.
"Through these grants, particularly using the train-the-trainer
approach, we hope to expand available occupational safety
and health training programs and materials and increase the
agency's impact on reducing workplace injuries, illnesses and
deaths," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor Gregory R.
Watchman. "Training provides critical information for
conscientious employers and workers who want to do the right
thing and just need help determining how to proceed."
Formerly known as the Targeted Training Grant Program, the
Susan Harwood Training Grant Program has been renamed in honor of
Susan Harwood, who served 17 years with the agency before her
death in 1996. Harwood, who held a Ph.D. in microbiology and
immunology, helped develop OSHA standards on bloodborne
pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead
in construction. As director of the Office of Risk Assessment in
OSHA's health standards directorate, she was working on a
proposed standard on tuberculosis when she died. The Susan
Harwood Training Grant Program commemorates her exceptional
service to occupational safety and health.
Awards under the training grant program will average
$100,000. 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.
Susan Harwood 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
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
proposals that offer train-the-trainer approaches. All grant
programs will be encouraged to include managers and/or
supervisors and small businesses in their training.
Under the training grant program, OSHA reviews all
educational materials for technical accuracy during development
and before final publication. 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
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
or via the Internet at http://www.osha.gov/training. Completed
applications must be received by the above office no later than
4:30 p.m. Central Time on June 13, 1997. They may NOT be faxed.
Announcement of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program
appears in the April 17 Federal Register.