Trade News Release
Friday, March 31, 2000
Contact: Jo Anne Burgoyne (202-693-1905)
Application: Cynthia Bencheck (847-297-4810)
OSHA Accepting Proposals for $5.7 Million in Safety and Health Training Grants
Proposals are now being accepted for $5.7 million in grants for nonprofit organizations to conduct safety and health training and education in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today.
The grants will focus on these areas:
educating workers and employers in small business (less than 250 employees);
training workers and employers about new OSHA standards; and
training workers and employees about high risk activities or hazards identified in OSHA's Strategic Plan or as part of a special emphasis program.
New for fiscal year 2000, OSHA will be awarding grants for two different categories of Susan Harwood Training Grants. Descriptions of the two categories follow.
Strategic Plan Grants support training in occupational safety and health programs for several industries targeted in OSHA's Strategic Plan. Approximately $2.7 million of the funding will be awarded as Strategic Plan Grants, which target the construction (including residential), food processing, and nursing home industries. These 12-month grants have the potential to be renewed for an additional 12 months. The average first year federal award will be $150,000.
Institutional Competency Building Grants will assist nonprofit organizations that serve clients nationally or in multiple states to develop their occupational safety and health training, education and related assistance capacity over a three-to-five year competency building period.
Approximately $3 million will be awarded as Institutional Competency Building Grants. These grants may be funded for up to five years, with an average first year federal award of $250,000.
Both grants categories require some matching funds and carry some restrictions.
Details about the grants and the application process are available in the Federal Register, published Friday, March 31, 2000. Grant application instructions may be obtained from the OSHA Office of Training and Education, Division of Training and Educational Programs, 1555 Times Drive, Des Plaines, Ill. 60018, telephone 847.297.4810. The instructions are also available on the Internet at http://www.osha-slc.gov/Training/sharwood/apply.html.
Grant applications must be received at the OSHA Office of Training and Education at the above listed address by 4:30 p.m., Central Time, Friday, May 19, 2000.
The training grants are named in honor of Susan Harwood, former risk assessment director in OSHA's health standards directorate. During her 17 years with the agency Harwood helped develop many of OSHA's health standards. She died in 1996.
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 phone: 202-693-1999.