National News Release USDL: 00-248
Friday, August 25, 2000
Contact: Frank Meilinger (202) 693-1999
Application: Cynthia Bencheck (847) 297-4810
OSHA AWARDS $8 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROVIDE SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today awarded approximately $8 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 53 nonprofit organizations to administer safety and health training programs.
"Education and training are the cornerstones of reducing workplace injuries and illnesses," said Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman. "These grants provide valuable tools to protect America's workers and promote a greater understanding of ways to avoid occupational risks."
The Harwood grants go to organizations that propose to educate workers and employers in small businesses; train workers and employers about new OSHA standards; or teach workers and employees about high risk activities or hazards either identified in OSHA's strategic plan or as part of an OSHA special emphasis program.
"OSHA will assist nonprofit organizations that serve immigrant, contingent and other vulnerable workers, small business employers and employees, and workers in jobs with high-risk activities or hazards, such as the construction industry, to develop their safety and health capacity over a three-to-five year period," said OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress. "These Institutional Competency Building Grants are intended to develop ongoing safety and health training and service programs that will continue after the grant period ends."
A second category of grants, Strategic Plan Grants, will assist non-profit organizations targeting specific hazards in construction, food processing, and nursing homes. In addition, a
grant for $75,000 was awarded to a Small Business Development Center, as part of a pilot program OSHA is conducting for outreach in the small business community.
Thirty-three new grantees were selected through a national competition announced last March. The remaining twenty awards are extensions of existing grants for another year.
The training grants are named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's health standards directorate, who died in 1996. During her 17-year tenure with the agency, Harwood helped develop OSHA standards to protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.
The new Harwood grantees are:
Construction: Associated Builders and Contractors of North Texas, Irving, Tex., $120,000; Associated General Contractors of America, Florida East Coast Chapter, West Palm Beach, Fla., $112,000; Associated General Contractors of America, South Florida Chapter, Davie, Fla., $112,000; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local No. 3-Eastern Massachusetts, Boston, Mass., $24,000; Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill., $151,000; Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Normal, Ill., $155,000; National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, Inc., Upper Marlboro, Md., $149,000; National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Foundation for Education and Research, Arlington, Va., $116,000; State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Sacramento, Calif., $160,000.
Food Processing: Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP), Inc., Cleveland, Ohio,
$120,000; Employers Association, Inc., Plymouth, Minn., $76,000
Institutional Competency Building: American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation,
Washington, D.C., $201,000; Boat People SOS, Inc., Fairfax, Va., $221,000; Construction
Education Foundation, Rosslyn, Va., $197,000; Environmental Research and Education
Foundation, Washington, DC, $59,000; George Meany Center, National Labor College, Silver
Spring, Md., $299,000; Graphic Communications International Union, Washington, D.C.,
$298,000; International Union, UAW, Detroit, Mich., $307,000; National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., $94,000; National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill., $234,000; North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project (NCOSH), Durham, N.C., $726,000; Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy International Union, Nashville, Tenn.; $309,000; Regents of the University of California-Berkeley, Labor Occupational Health Program, Berkeley, Calif., $275,000; Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO (SEIU) Education and Support Fund, $296,000; United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Washington, DC, $217,000; Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, AFL-CIO (UNITE), New York, N.Y., $208,000; United Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh, Pa.,$151,000; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., $220,000.
Nursing Homes: Aging Research Institute, Topeka, Kan., $141,000; Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Ala., $120,000; Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Springfield, Mass. $101,000; Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., $120,000.
Small Business Development Centers: Board of Regents, University of Nebraska, Omaha,
Current grantees receiving one-year extensions include:
Construction: National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Upper Marlboro, M.D.,
$103,000; Construction Advancement Foundation, Portage, Ind., $69,000; Construction
Education Foundation, Rosslyn, Va., $84,000; Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill.,
$117,000; Labor Users Contractors (LUC) Committee, Roseville, Minn., $72,000; Marshall
University Research Corporation, Huntington, W. Va., $97,000; Roofers and Waterproofers
Research and Education Joint Trust Fund, Washington, D.C., $109,000.
Health Care Services: AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, D.C.,
$116,000; Riverside Management and Rehabilitation, Bolivar, Miss., $72,000; Shirley Ware
Education Center of Health Care Workers Union Local 250, SEIU, Oakland, Calif., $105,000;
Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, Dallas, Tex., $73,000; Washington Health Foundation,
Seattle, Wash., $87,000.
Logging: Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash., $60,000; Lumberjack Resource
Conservation and Development Council, Tomahawk, Wis., $85,000; Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council, Berlin, Vt., $143,000.
Preventing Amputations in Manufacturing: Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga.,
$11,000; International Union, United Auto Workers (UAW), Detroit, Mich., $123,000;
Metropolitan Community Colleges, Kansas City, Mo., $85,000; South Alabama Safety Council,
Mobile, Ala., $70,000; Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa, $66,000.
A complete listing of grantees with details on their training proposals is available on the
OSHA website at www.osha.gov under training.
OSHA recently announced that proposals are being accepted for $4.7 million in Susan
Harwood Grants for 2001. Details about the grants and the application process are available in
the Federal Register, published August 17, 2000 or on the OSHA website.
The text of this news release is on the Internet World Wide Web at www.osha.gov. Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-1999.
2000 Susan Harwood Grants
CONSTRUCTION (New Grants)
Associated Builders and Contractors of North Texas, Irving, Tex. The foundation will
develop and deliver Focus Four Awareness Training in Spanish consisting of modules based on
OSHA standards addressing falls, struck-by, caught-between and electrocution construction
Associated General Contractors of America, Florida East Coast Chapter, West Palm Beach,
Fla. The grantee will conduct worker training sessions that concentrate on falls from roofs,
ladders, scaffolding, and unprotected edges and openings; $112,000.
Associated General Contractors of America, South Florida Chapter, Davie, Fla. Training
program will concentrate on falls from roofs, ladders, scaffolding, and unprotected edges and
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local No. 3-Eastern Massachusetts, Boston, Mass. The
union will develop a "Stay Alive" program that covers hazards common to masonry workers
including falls, crushed-by, struck-by, electrical hazards and silica hazards; $24,000.
Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill. The council will deliver train-the-trainer programs and develop training materials focusing on the hazards of working around cranes for non-operators; $151,000.
Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Normal, Ill. The association will develop manuals and materials for train-the-trainer and field employee programs on the recognition and avoidance of construction hazards in the concrete construction industry. Both programs will cover silica exposure, job site hazard awareness, hand signals to avoid struck-by/crushed-by hazards, concrete burn hazards and electrical hazard awareness; $155,000.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, Inc., Upper Marlboro,
Md. The association will develop and conduct seminars geared toward small residential
construction companies covering the development of effective company safety programs and
struck-by and crushed-by; falls, electrical and construction hazards; $149,000.
National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Foundation for Education and Research,
Arlington, Va. NUCA will administer a trench safety program and contract with individual
NUCA certified instructors to deliver bilingual trench safety classes to 600 Spanish-speaking
underground construction supervisors and workers; $116,000.
State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Sacramento, Calif. The council will develop a trainer course and translate it into Spanish. The course, which will focus on the prevention of ergonomic injuries and construction fatalities, will be conducted for 45-60 labor and management representatives and apprenticeship instructors. Trainers will conduct classes for co-workers. Informational presentations on the prevention of these construction hazards will be made to 140 labor and /or management representatives of the construction trades; $160,000.
CONSTRUCTION (Renewal Grants)
National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Upper Marlboro, M.D. The grantee will continue to offer train-the-trainer courses designed to teach the hazards of working on or near energized electrical conductors or equipment. Six trainer courses will be conducted in different major cities; $103,000.
Construction Advancement Foundation, Portage, Ind. The foundation will continue to conduct train-the-trainer and worker courses on fall prevention in northwest Indiana; $69,000.
Construction Education Foundation, Rosslyn, Va. The foundation, the educational arm of the Associated Builders and Contractors, will continue to deliver fall protection training to master trainers for training local trainers, and for local trainers and their trainees; $84,000.
Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill. The council will continue to train trainers nationally to conduct fall hazard awareness courses. The council will also train workers on fall hazard awareness and supervisors in fall management; $117,000.
Labor Users Contractors (LUC) Committee, Roseville, Minn. The LUC Committee will continue
to train new trainers as well as to utilize trainers trained during their first grant year to train managers and supervisors and trade union workers in fall protection systems in the Twin Cities metropolitan area; $72,000.
Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington, W. Va. The university, in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, the Labor Management Cooperative Fund and the Finishing Contractors Association will administer, evaluate, and sponsor on-going fall prevention training for workers, supervisors and contractors on bridge and industrial work sites; $97,000.
Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund, Washington, D.C. The
Roofers' Trust will improve its non-residential fall protection computer-based training (CBT) and
classroom materials based on evaluation results and other input. CBT and classroom training delivery will be expanded. Ongoing evaluations will compare classroom, CBT and web-based knowledge gain, attitude change, and workplace behavior change; $109,000.
FOOD PROCESSING (New Grants)
Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP), Inc., Cleveland Ohio. The grantee will
visit 50-75 small manufacturing companies to perform safety and health audits, assist with safety and health plans, and train management and workers. Companies will choose training from six topics; safe work practices, personal protective equipment, material handling, emergency response/fire prevention, lockout/tagout, and machine guarding; $120,000.
Employers Association, Inc., Plymouth, Minn. The association, through its Safety Department, will develop and conduct worker and management training to employees of their 46 member companies in the food processing industry. Training sessions will cover the prevention of
amputations and lacerations, respiratory protection, ergonomics, electrical, accident investigation, safety management, hazard communication, and lockout/tagout; $76,000.
INSTITUTIONAL COMPETENCY (New Grants)
American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation, Washington, D.C. The foundation
will work in cooperation with the United Federation of Teachers to develop and implement an
occupational safety and health training program for under-served, high risk school employees. The program will train 145 special education teachers and paraprofessionals, school bus drivers and garage mechanics who will train an additional 2,000 co-workers on hazard recognition; $201,000.
Boat People S.O.S., Inc., Fairfax, Va. The grantee will conduct public information and education campaigns to raise awareness among Vietnamese workers and employers on occupational safety and health issues, the rights of workers to a safe workplace environment, and OSHA policies and standards; $221,000.
Construction Education Foundation, Rosslyn, Va. The foundation, which is the training arm of the Associated Builders and Contractors, will develop a curriculum and train 30 master trainers. Standardized modules will address safety and health needs in construction, hazard-related topics of particular concern in construction and to OSHA, as well as topics that will assist owners and supervisors in the establishment and management of effective safety and health programs. Refresher training will be conducted via the Internet; $197,000.
Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Washington, D.C. The foundation will
supervise the development of a training program on preventing ergonomic injuries to solid waste
employees and provide bi-monthly training at regional sites. The grantee will create an interactive database containing solutions to common ergonomic issues in the solid waste industry and regulatory guidance; $59,000.
George Meany Center-National Labor College, Silver Spring, M.D. The center will develop and conduct a multi-lingual safety and health course to international unions and COSH groups. Core curriculum will cover basic safety and health topics with some modules translated into Spanish the first year and into other languages in the second and third years; $299,000.
Graphic Communications International Union, Washington, D.C. The union will work with the
Labor Institute to develop a multi-language industry specific safety and health workbook to train
workers and managers on ergonomics, lockout/tagout, chemical hazards and noise protection. This
training will be part of a comprehensive worker-centered health and safety model prevention program used throughout the printing industry; $298,000.
International Union, UAW, Detroit, Mich. The union will train and develop on-site joint safety and health committees, train workers on site-specific hazards, and develop trainers through a train-the-trainer program. Topics include ergonomics, general industry safety and health outreach training and adult education techniques. Outreach is planned for Spanish speaking and Native American workers; $307,000.
National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill. The association, in partnership with the National Safety Council, will design and implement a training program aimed at regional trainers, company field managers and workers. Course content will focus on construction hazards-falls, material handling and burns. Training sessions will include hazard identification, OSHA regulations, best practices and hazard abatement methods; $94,000.
National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill. The council intends to institutionalize its ability to provide safety and health training services to small businesses utilizing its local chapters. The first year topic is safety management. An instructor development course will include facilitator materials, participant manuals and reference materials. Thirty chapter trainers will conduct one-day small business classes; $234,000.
North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project, Durham, N.C. The grantee will reach underserved groups of vulnerable workers including youth, immigrant and contingent workers, and low literacy workers. Eighteen local coalitions (COSH groups) will participate in this effort by sharing their skills and resources to improve their capacity to provide training and services to vulnerable workers; $726,000.
Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy (PACE) International Union, Nashville, Tenn.
PACE proposes to build a new catastrophic accident prevention (CAP) program to reduce accidents
in the paper and chemical industries. The program includes training and developing worker-investigator/trainers to assist investigating major incidents and near misses; providing training for management and labor health and safety personnel; building a CAP clearinghouse to track major incidents, distributing lessons learned training materials, and measuring program impact; $309,000.
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. The University's Labor Occupational Health Program and the Education Development Center will establish a National Young Worker Training and Resource Center to provide training programs and safety and health materials for youth. The program will integrate training and services for youth in existing school and community job readiness programs and develop educational activities for small businesses that employ young workers; $275,000.
SEIU Education and Support Fund, Washington, D.C. The union will develop a training program that addresses health and safety hazards facing healthcare workers. Worker-trainers will participate in a train-the-trainer program that includes adult education, small group activity techniques and presentation on workplace hazards and prevention. Training and technical assistance will be provided to hospital and nursing home workers and new curriculum will be developed on a broad range of occupational health and safety hazards confronting healthcare workers; $296,000.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), AFL-CIO, New York, N.Y.
UNITE plans to reach nearly 200 establishments by expanding its network of worker-trainers. It will modify its current OSHA training to train 30 trainers in worker rights and compliance issues and regional workshops will be held for 50 active trainers. Existing training materials will be translated into Spanish and Chinese. Training topics will include ergonomics, chemical exposures, bloodborne pathogens, fire safety, joint safety and health committees, and worker rights; $208,000.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), AFL-CIO, New York, N.Y.
UNITE plans to reach nearly 200 establishments by expanding its network of worker-trainers. It will modify its current OSHA training to train 30 trainers in worker rights and compliance issues and will hold regional workshops for 50 active trainers. Existing training materials will be translated into Spanish and Chinese. Training topics will include ergonomics, chemical exposures, bloodborne pathogens, fire safety, joint safety and health committees, and worker rights; $208,000.
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Washington, D.C. Staff will build local and regional safety and health training competencies for its members. The union
will emphasize active labor/management safety and health committees. UFCW will make special
efforts to increase Latino/Hispanic participation on these committees. Training topics include
ergonomics, noise, machine guarding and lockout/tagout. A special education project will be
developed to explore approaches to prevent amputations; $217,000.
United Steel Workers of America, Pittsburgh, Pa. The grantee will implement a "Health and
Safety for Women of Steel" project to develop curricula and train women members in the steel mills, nursing homes and circuit board manufacturing companies. The steelworkers will conduct training sessions at district and international union conferences and at job sites. The union will develop materials in Spanish, English and Vietnamese; $151,000.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. The University's Environmental Training Institute will expand its training programs and services in safe worker practices for lead exposure, asbestos awareness, handling hazardous materials and ergonomics. Twenty train-the-trainer classes with 25 students per class will be conducted via the university's Interactive Video Network. The grantee will translate materials into Mexican Spanish; $220,000.
NURSING HOMES (New Grants)
Aging Research Institute, Topeka, Kan. The grantee will establish three-person training teams from 120 nursing homes. Teams will receive hands-on training on hazard analysis, ergonomics, and bloodborne pathogens. The Institute will provide lifting equipment for trainees to use during training. Technical assistance and coaching will be available to trainers; $141,000.
Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Ala. The college will deliver an occupational health and safety training program to 15 skilled nursing and intermediate care providers. Based on the needs of participating facilities, the grantee will develop site-specific programs. Training will address various health and safety issues including ergonomic and biological hazards, workplace violence, and hazard communication; $120,000.
Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Springfield, Mass. The Western MassCOSH, MassCOSH, and the Service Employees International Union Local 285
will collaborate to provide training for employees and technical assistance for four participating nursing homes. In addition, safety and health training sessions for Haitian workers will be held. Training will cover musculoskeletal workplace injuries and establishing safety and health committees; $101,000.
Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. Western
New York COSH will provide training to nursing home workers and employers covering the recognition and abatement of ergonomic and other hazards. There is also a train-the-trainer component that provides assisted follow-up for trainers at their worksites; $120,000.
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Neb. The Nebraska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will develop training modules geared to small businesses that will increase worker, manager and owner awareness of OSHA safety and health issues relating to grain elevators. The grantee will hold pilot training sessions throughout the state and place the training presentation on the Nebraska SBDC web site; $75,000.
HEALTHCARE SERVICES (Renewal Grants)
AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, DC. The institute will continue to
educate healthcare workers about infectious diseases, ergonomics, and other safety and health hazards in healthcare settings. AFSCME staff will assist worker-trainers to conduct training as well as to conduct workshops on various health and safety issues affecting healthcare workers; $116,000.
Riverside Management and Rehabilitation, Bolivar, Miss. The grantee will provide in-depth
training to nursing care facilities in Missouri through a series of three one-day workshops conducted during on-site visits. Participating facilities will receive follow-up through correspondence and telephone calls; $72,000.
Shirley Ware Education Center of Health Care Workers Union Local 250, SEIU, Oakland. Calif. Local 250 will train an additional ten trainers on ergonomics and back injury prevention for nursing home workers. The local will also train an additional ten trainers about bloodborne pathogens, needlestick prevention, and about the California law to prevent sharps injuries. The grantee will provide follow-up support to the new trainers and to joint labor-management committees. The new trainers will train co-workers; $105,000.
Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, Dallas, Tex. The association will conduct two-day seminars in a rural area near Midland and in Austin on implementing a health and safety program, biohazards, and ergonomics in the nursing home setting. The grantee will conduct on-site training will be conducted at fourteen selected nursing homes covering their specific areas of need; $73,000.
Washington Health Foundation, Seattle, Wash. The foundation will continue to provide an
ergonomic patient lifting and transfer safety training program for Washington State Hospital
Association members in cooperation with their workers' compensation provider; $87,000.
LOGGING ( Renewal Grants)
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash. The grantee will continue to work with logging associations to recruit loggers for safety training emphasizing OSHA standards it will conduct at logging sites. The program will also conduct train-the-trainer programs and assist logging firms to establish safety and health programs. The target population includes workers in Washington and northern Idaho; $60,000.
Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council, Tomahawk, Wis. The grantee
will use the Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance (FISTA) to continue to conduct in-woods training on topics such as chainsaw safety and mechanized logging operations. The program
also includes informational classroom sessions. Upon request, the grantee will hold training in other states; $85,000.
Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council, Berlin, Vt. The grantee
will continue to provide administrative direction to the Yankee Forest Safety Network. Yankee
Forest Safety Network will provide training and safety visits to 374 loggers in Vt., N.H., Mass.,
Conn., and R.I. Training concentrates on chainsaw operation, felling techniques, and job planning; $143,000.
PREVENTING AMPUTATIONS IN MANUFACTURING (Renewal Grants)
Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga. The university will offer a combined basic training safety course with the train-the-trainer course. The 14-hour Basic Safety Training for the Prevention of Amputations course will be offered several times during the year; $11,000.
International Union, United Auto Workers (UAW), Detroit, Mich. The UAW will target small
businesses in high-risk industries represented by the union for instruction on lockout procedures, machine guarding to prevent amputations and fatalities, integrated with ergonomics principles. Staff and worker-trainers will deliver training to joint labor/management groups at the worksite on work time; $123,000.
Metropolitan Community Colleges, Kansas City, Mo. The grantee will continue to offer its safety course to familiarize participants with various types of machinery and the related safety standards. The goal is to reach small businesses for training on hazardous energy sources, machine guarding concepts covering various types of equipment, power tools, and ergonomics; $85,000.
South Alabama Safety Council, Mobile, Ala. The council will continue to conduct manufacturing specific training programs covering machine guarding, hand and power tools, lockout/tagout, ergonomics, and a train-the-trainer component. The grantee will offer training in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia; $70,000.
Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa. The college will continue to target its training to small manufacturing businesses in its service areas within Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. Training tailored to workers, operators and maintenance personnel will concentrate on the recognition and avoidance of amputation hazards with industrial machinery in manufacturing industries; $66,000.