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Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

FY 2014 Susan Harwood
Capacity Building Developmental Grant Recipients

Organization Name City State Funding Amount Type
Sunflower Community Action, Inc Wichita KS $80,000 Pilot
The grantee will conduct a needs assessment and provide 4-hour health and safety hazards training to workers in the construction, restaurant, and janitorial industries in Kansas. Target audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, young, temporary, and other hard-to-reach workers. Proposed training topics include employer responsibilities and worker rights under OSHA law, preventing heat-related injuries, fall prevention, and personal protective equipment. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Casa de Maryland, Inc Hyattsville MD $165,000 Developmental
The grantee will present a 1-hour hazard identification and control workshop, 1-hour workers' rights workshop, 3-hour occupational safety and health training, 10-hour construction trades training, and a 36-hour train-the-trainer class to workers in Maryland. Training topics will include ergonomics for hospitality and healthcare workers, bloodborne pathogens, material safety data sheets, construction focus four hazards, and workers' rights under OSHA. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.  
Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc Portage IN $154,124 Developmental
The grantee will offer 7.5-hour training to safety representatives in the chemical, refinery, and construction industries in Indiana. Plan to update existing training modules and develop a train-the-trainer component. Topics will include process safety management, administration of safety programs, risk assessment and accident investigation, fall protection, electrical and arc flash, confined space and hot work permits, health hazards and industrial hygiene, and excavation safety.  Training will be provided in English.
Education & Training Institute Inc New Brunswick NJ $164,980 Developmental
The grantee will present 45-minute tailgate training, 4-hour classroom training, and 30-hour train-the-trainer class on residential construction hazards to workers in small and new businesses in New Jersey. Training topics will include basic OSHA rights, chemical hazards, PPE/respirator protection, ladder safety, scaffold safety, fall protection, hand and power tools, concrete and masonry safety, and excavations. Training materials will include a workbook, fact sheets, and flyers. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc Washington DC $165,000 Developmental
The grantee will provide a 15-hour train-the-trainer class and 30-minute farmworker safety awareness training to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in California. Training topics will include pesticide safety, heat illness, field sanitation, and workers' rights. Plan to revise existing training materials which include a presentation flipbook, information cards, and brochures. A text message application will be developed to deliver information to workers following training. Training will be available in English and Spanish.
Interfaith Worker Justice Chicago IL $162,000 Developmental
The grantee will offer 7.5-hour train-the-trainer classes for worker leaders, who will then provide 1.5-hour awareness training to workers in general, construction, cleaning services, poultry/meat packing, restaurants, landscaping, home care, and car wash industries. Target audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, minority, and other hard-to-reach workers. Training will include workers' rights, hazard identification and control, risk communication, and ergonomics. Training will be available in English and Spanish.
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Longmeadow MA $650,000 Developmental
The grantee will provide 4-hour train-the-trainer and 2-hour worker training to workers in construction, agriculture, oil and gas, and general industries. Training audience includes small businesses, limited English proficiency, young, temporary, low-literacy, and minority workers. Plan to use existing training materials. Training will be offered in English and Brazilian Portuguese. Training for vulnerable workers who speak other languages (e.g., Vietnamese, Somali, Bosnian) will be conducted through interpreters.
National Day Laborer Organizing Network Los Angeles CA $165,000 Developmental
The grantee will deliver 2-day train-the-trainer training and 3-hour awareness training to hard-to-reach and limited English proficiency migrant day laborers. Training topics will include the use of power tools, hazards in construction industry, use of pesticides, musculoskeletal disorders, workers' rights, and formation of health and safety committees. Existing training materials will be revised and new materials will be developed as needed.  Training will be provided in English.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Community Services Agency Trenton NJ $164,160 Developmental
The grantee will offer a 3-day train-the-trainer and a 1- to 4-hour injury and illness prevention program awareness training to food manufacturing and supermarket workers. Target audience includes small businesses, limited English proficiency, and young workers. Training materials designed by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO will be translated into Spanish as necessary. Training materials include PowerPoint presentations, student materials, and instructor guides. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Oklahoma State University Stillwater OK $160,740 Developmental
The grantee will conduct 4-hour awareness and 7-hour operations training on agricultural safety and rescue operations for emergency responders and agricultural workers in Oklahoma. Training audience includes small and new businesses, limited English proficiency, low-literacy, young, temporary, minority, and other hard-to-reach workers.  Training topics include agricultural safety and rescue with an emphasis in grain handling operations. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Sustainable Workplace Alliance Inc Bartow FL $114,095 Developmental
The grantee will present 1-hour and 6-hour road and bridge construction, 4-hour utility worker, 1.5-hour employer maintenance training to workers in road construction, overhead utilities, and maintenance. Training audience includes small businesses, limited English proficiency, young, temporary, and other hard-to-reach workers.  Training topics will include work-zone safety, asbestos, aerial lifts, flagging, rigging, silica, falls in construction, and noise hazards. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
University of California Los Angeles, Regents Los Angeles CA $164,986 Developmental
The grantee will offer 1- to 4-hour health and safety awareness training, 2- to 7.5-hour skills-building training, and 15-hour basic leadership training to workers in the janitorial, warehouse, airport, maintenance, supermarkets, and health care industries. Training audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, and temporary workers in California. Training topics will include preventing chemical exposure, workplace violence, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
University of Illinois, Board of Trustees Champaign IL $165,000 Developmental
The grantee will deliver 7.5-hour Youth Curriculum train-the-trainer, 7.5-hour Lifeline Installation and Use train-the-trainer, and 1- to 1.5-hour awareness training to youth, and 1- to 6-hour lifeline installation and use in small grain elevators. Training audience includes small businesses, young, low-literacy, hard-to-reach, and limited English proficiency workers. Plan to revise existing materials and develop new material on grain handling safety. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
West Virginia University Research Corporation Morgantown WV $165,000 Developmental
The grantee will offer 4- and 8-hour training on multiple topics to small business workers in residential construction, logging, oil and gas extraction, landscaping, and manufacturing industries. Topics will include hazard recognition and control measures specific to each industry, workers' rights, and how to comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.  Training and education materials include new and existing materials. Training will be provided in English.
Work Environment Council of New Jersey Trenton NJ $165,000 Developmental
The grantee will present 30-minute to 4-hour worker training and 4-hour employer training to workers involved in chemical plants, oil refineries, sewage and water treatment operations, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Training topics will include identifying and mapping hazards, chemical hazards, OSHA's Process Safety Management standard, heath care hazards including workplace violence and safe lifting, injury and illness prevention programs, and mold hazards. Training will be provided in English.
AgriSafe Network, Inc Spencer IA $171,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will conduct 1- and 2-hour training on agricultural safety to workers and producers in high-hazard farm operations including pork, poultry, fruit/vegetable production, and grain production. Training audience includes low-literacy and limited English proficiency farm workers. New training topics include stress and mental health, zoonotic diseases, women's health in agriculture, safe operation of a crop applicator, and manure pit foaming safety training. Training will be provided in English.
American Road and Transportation Builders Association - TDF Washington DC $166,250 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will offer 2-hour and 4-hour training on preventing backovers and runovers (struck-by incidents) in roadway work zones to workers in the heavy and highway construction industries. Training audience includes small businesses, limited English proficiency, minority, and disadvantaged workers. Training materials include an instructor guide, a student workbook, videos, and a series of PowerPoint presentations. Classes and materials will be offered in English and Spanish.
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs Washington DC $177,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will deliver training on heat stress prevention, pesticide safety, take home pesticide exposure control, and ergonomics for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and employers. Training audience includes low-literacy, hard-to-reach, and limited English proficiency workers. Training materials include a trainer manual, portable flipcharts, brochures, pocket guides, and other educational handouts. Training will be provided in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole.
Boat People SOS, Inc Falls Church VA $166,250 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will provide 2-hour training to vulnerable Vietnamese workers and employers on chemical hazards in the nail salon industry. Target audience includes small businesses, limited English proficiency, low-literacy, minority, and other hard-to-reach workers. Existing training materials will be translated into Vietnamese. Training will be provided in English and Vietnamese.
Casa Latina Seattle WA $144,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will offer 1- to 4-hour safety and health training to vulnerable Latino day laborers in the construction, landscaping, and moving industries located in Washington state. Training audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, minority, and hard-to-reach workers. Training topics will include ergonomics, eye hazards, chemical safety, noise, falling objects, working at heights, excavations, electrical safety, and workers' rights under OSHA. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas Glassboro NJ $53,810 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will conduct 2.5-hour safety and health training for migrant farmworkers and other low-wage workers in New Jersey. Target audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, minority, and other hard-to-reach workers. Training topics will include worker rights, heat exposure, hazard communication, and chemical and physical dangers in the workplace. Plan to develop a heat stress train-the-trainer module. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund Philadelphia PA $140,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will present 1- to 3-hour safety and health training to workers employed in healthcare industries in Pennsylvania. Training audience includes low-literacy, young, minority, and hard-to-reach workers. Training topics include fire safety, OSHA rights, workplace violence, job hazard analysis, infection control, hazard communication and ergonomics. Training materials include PowerPoint presentations and factsheets geared to educationally disadvantaged workers. Training will be provided in English. 
Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc Apopka FL $122,915 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will present 2-hour awareness and 22-hour train-the-trainer classes on the Yes! We Can! agricultural safety and health program to Latino farmworkers in Florida. Target audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, and hard-to-reach workers. Culturally- and linguistically-appropriate training materials will be developed for this audience. Topics include heat stress, field sanitation, pesticide exposure, and chemical hazards. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Florida State College Jacksonville Jacksonville FL $171,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will provide 4- to 8-hour safety training for workers in Florida. Target audience includes small businesses, young, hard-to-reach, low-literacy, and limited English proficiency workers. Training materials will be developed on Florida Disaster Awareness and Florida Driver Highway Safety Awareness. Training materials will include instructor manuals, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, student manuals, and student handouts. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg FL $103,964 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will deliver 4-hour training on safe patient handling and practices to healthcare professionals, nursing students and healthcare employers in Florida. Classroom training sessions will be designed that utilize mechanical lifts and slings, brochures, and other materials that provide a subject matter overview. Training topics will also include workers' rights under OSHA and OSHA whistleblower protection. Program materials will be made available, as needed, in Spanish. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Make the Road New York Brooklyn NY $159,600 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will present 2- to 4-hour safety and health training to workers in cleaning, carwash, and community health industries in New York City and Long Island. Target audience includes low-literacy, hard-to-reach, and vulnerable workers with an emphasis on Latino workers. Training topics will include job hazard identification, mold hazards and protection, chemical exposure, slips and falls, and ergonomics. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Miami FL $161,176 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will provide 4-hour introductory occupational health and safety training to construction and general industry workers and employers in small businesses at locations in south Florida. Training topics will include personal protective equipment, heat illness, fall protection, safe patient handling, ergonomics, and hazard communication. Training and materials will be provided in English, Spanish, and Creole.
MinKwon Center for Community Action, Inc Flushing NY $100,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will offer 2-hour culturally-appropriate training on nail salon safety and health, construction jobsite safety, and restaurant workplace safety. Target audience includes non-English speaking/limited English proficiency Korean, Nepali, and Latino immigrants. Training topics will include hazardous substances, Focus Four hazards, employers and workers’ rights and responsibilities, and ergonomics. Training will be provided in English, Korean, Nepali, and Spanish.
Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest Lincoln NE $76,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will present 1- to 2-hour health and safety training for meatpacking/food processing workers in Nebraska. Target audience includes hard-to-reach, vulnerable, and limited English proficiency workers. Training topics will include OSHA rights, recognizing and preventing/abating hazards related to knife sharpening and usage, ergonomics, repetitive-motion injuries, lock-out/tag-out, chemical exposure, slips/falls, and noise. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc Ashland WI $112,970 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will deliver 2- to 6-hour combustible dust training to workers and employers in small wood product and other manufacturing industries throughout rural northwestern Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin. Training topics will include safe work practices and guidelines that reduce the potential for a combustible dust explosions including the recognition and prevention of dust hazards. The grantee will revise previously developed materials for training. Training will be provided in English.
Purdue University West Lafayette IN $179,019 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will offer 1- to 7-hour training to workers and employers who are exposed to agricultural confined spaces. Target audience includes workers and owner/operators, small agricultural commercial facilities, contracted employees and service providers, young workers, and rural emergency first responders. Training topics will include the prevention of entanglements, entrapments, engulfments, asphyxiations, falls, and electrocutions in and around confined spaces. Training will be provided in English.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick NJ $171,000 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will present 4- to 15-hour training to workers in warehousing, light manufacturing and temporary staffing agencies in New Jersey. Target audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, young, and hard-to-reach workers. Training will include workers' rights under OSHA, slips and falls, lock-out/tag-out, ergonomics, forklift safety, and personal protective equipment. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
State Building and Construction Trades Council of California Sacramento CA $175,750 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will offer 4- to 7.5-hour awareness seminars to construction workers in California. Target audience includes workers in small construction businesses which are a high-hazard industry with high fatality rates. Topics will include focus four hazards, sprains and strains, repetitive motion injuries, and fall prevention. A new training curriculum will be developed on hearing loss prevention that will include workplace noise hazards and hearing protection options. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Telamon Corporation Raleigh NC $121,125 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will provide 16-hour train-the-trainer and 3-hour awareness training to workers in the meat and poultry industries. Target audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, and other hard-to-reach workers. Training topics will include ergonomics, slip and fall prevention, and the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. Training materials will be culturally and linguistically sensitive as well as education-level appropriate. Training will be provided in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole.
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell MA $156,750 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will deliver a 2-day train-the-trainer and 1- to 4-hour awareness training addressing Ergonomic Hazards: Best Practices for Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes in New England. Target audience includes low-literacy and limited English proficiency workers. Training materials include a Worker Ergonomics Manual in English and Spanish, a Trainer’s Guide, an Ergonomics Handbook, and a Trainers Guide for Office Ergonomics. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
University of Wisconsin River Falls River Falls WI $112,506 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will provide 3-hour worker and 10-hour employer training to dairy farm workers and employers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York. Target audience includes minority, limited English proficiency, and low-literacy workers. Worker training will be presented directly on the farm. Topics will include general dairy farm safety, animal handling, farm machinery safety, and workers' rights under OSHA. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City IA $137,394 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will offer 6-hour training to workers and employers engaged in the construction, deconstruction, and maintenance of telecommunication towers and wind turbines in Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Target audience includes small businesses and limited English proficiency workers. Training topics will include accident investigation, site inspection, and hand and power tool safety. Materials will include instructor manuals, PowerPoint presentations, and student handouts. Training will be provided in English.
Worker Justice Center of New York, Inc Rochester NY $121,389 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will provide 1- to 2-hour training to workers and employers in the agricultural and agricultural-related industries in New York. Target audience includes limited English proficiency, low-literacy, temporary, and hard-to-reach workers. Training will have a strong reliance on verbal instruction, based on the literacy level of the audience. Training topics will include heat stress, working in the cold, dairy farm safety, hazard communication, and eye safety. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Workers Defense Project, Inc Austin TX $134,900 Developmental Follow-on
The grantee will offer 15-hour train-the-trainer and 1- to 4-hour awareness training to workers and employers in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and El Paso. Target audience includes hard-to-reach, low-wage, low-literacy, and limited English proficiency construction workers. The grantee will use its “CEPA” training program for all training. CEPA topics include controlling workplace hazards, electrical hazards, rights and responsibilities under OSHA, and fall hazards. Training will be provided in Spanish.

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