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Sept. 8, 2014


$10.6M in safety and health grants awarded to 78 organizations
across the nation by US Labor Department's OSHA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today awarded $10,687,000 through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to 78 nonprofit organizations, including community- and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities. The program provides grants to fund education and training for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury and illness prevention measures, and inform them of their rights and responsibilities.

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program supports safety and health training programs that educate workers and employers in industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; underserved youth; limited English proficiency and other vulnerable workers; and small businesses. The award categories for fiscal year 2014 grants were: Targeted Topic Training, including Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building Pilot and Capacity Building Developmental, including one-year follow-on grants to recipients from Fiscal Year 2013.

"The Susan Harwood Training Program provides thousands of workers and employers with hands-on, critical health and safety training to reduce occupational injuries," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "The federal grants awarded today will provide workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries with important tools to identify and eliminate hazards."

Targeted Topic Training grants, valued at $4,546,147, have been awarded to 39 organizations to support the development of quality training and materials for addressing workplace hazards. The Targeted Topic Training grants require that recipients address occupational safety and health topics designated by OSHA.

Additionally, 14 organizations have been awarded a total of $2,805,085 in Capacity Building Developmental grants to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers. Organizations selected to receive these grants are expected to create organizational capacity to provide safety and health training on an ongoing basis.

OSHA also awarded $3,335,768 in one-year follow-on grants to 24 of the current Capacity Building Developmental grantees from Fiscal Year 2013. These grantees demonstrated their ability to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers in high-hazard industries, small-business employers and vulnerable workers.

"Since 1978, approximately 2 million workers have been trained through this program, and it is one of the most effective ways we have for communicating with vulnerable and hard-to-reach workers," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is an essential component of OSHA's efforts to provide workers in high-risk industries with training about job hazards and their rights, and I am thrilled to see what our grantees will do."

The training grant program is named in honor of Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's former Directorate of Health Standards, who passed away in 1996.

For information about the Fiscal Year 2014 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients, visit and

More information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on OSHA's website at Public inquiries should be directed by email to Heather Wanderski at or James Barnes at or by phone at 847-759-7700.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

Editor's note: A list of grantees, where they are located, and the amount they received follows this release.

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Organization City State Funding
Alaska Marine Safety Education Association Sitka Alaska $132,371
California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. Oakland Calif. $140,000
Asian Health Services Oakland Calif. $75,000
Asian Immigrant Women Advocates Inc. Oakland Calif. $55,000
National Day Laborer Organizing Network Los Angeles Calif. $165,000
Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association San Diego Calif. $101,614
Regents of the University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles Calif. $164,986
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California Sacramento Calif. $175,750
Pueblo Community College Pueblo Colo. $59,354
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood Colo. $139,148
American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation Washington District of Columbia $133,674
American Road & Transportation Builders Association - Transportation Development Foundation Washington District of Columbia $166,250
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs Washington District of Columbia $177,000
Farmworker Justice Fund Inc. Washington District of Columbia $165,000
Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Washington District of Columbia $47,700
SEIU Education and Support Fund Washington District of Columbia $133,674
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Washington District of Columbia $133,073
Farmworker Association of Florida Inc. Apopka Fla. $122,915
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville Fla. $171,000
Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Miami Fla. $161,176
Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg Fla. $103,964
The Sustainable Workplace Alliance Inc. Bartow Fla. $114,095
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. Atlanta Ga. $139,958
University of Georgia Athens Ga. $74,127
AgriSafe Network Inc. Spencer Iowa $171,000
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City Iowa $137,394
Latino Worker Resource Center Hillside Ill. $136,300
Interfaith Worker Justice Chicago Ill. $162,000
National Roofing Contractors Association Rosemont Ill. $137,000
Non-Ferrous Founders' Society Park Ridge Ill. $50,000
University of Illinois, Board of Trustees Champaign-Urbana Ill. $165,000
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Ill. $119,505
Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana Inc. Portage Ind. $154,124
Purdue University West Lafayette Ind. $179,019
Sunflower Community Action Inc. Wichita Kan. $80,000
University of Southern Maine Portland Maine $131,704
Casa de Maryland Inc. Hyattsville Md. $165,000
Brazilian Immigrant Center Inc. Allston Mass. $99,875
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health Dorchester Mass. $139,138
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Longmeadow Mass. $650,000
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell Mass. $156,750
Michigan State University East Lansing Mich. $138,242
Wayne State University Detroit Mich. $139,995
Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest Lincoln Neb. $76,000
Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff Neb. $49,946
Tree Care Industry Association Inc. Londonderry N.H. $139,528
Education & Training Institute Inc. New Brunswick N.J. $164,980
El Comité de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agrícolas Glassboro N.J. $53,810
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Community Services Agency Trenton N.J. $164,160
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick N.J. $171,000
Rutgers School of Public Health Piscataway N.J. $140,000
New Jersey Work Environment Council Ewing N.J. $165,000
New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition Placitas N.M. $139,998
Make the Road New York Brooklyn N.Y. $159,600
MinKwon Center for Community Action Inc. Flushing N.Y. $100,000
Mohawk Valley Community College Utica N.Y. $139,870
Worker Justice Center of New York Inc. Rochester N.Y. $121,389
North Carolina State University Raleigh N.C. $50,000
Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. $121,125
Oklahoma State University Stillwater Okla. $160,740
Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health Philadelphia Pa. $130,133
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund Philadelphia Pa. $140,000
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus San Juan Puerto Rico $139,960
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston Texas $140,000
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso Texas $139,960
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington Texas $139,917
Compacion Foundation Inc. Balch Springs Texas $139,823
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) College Station Texas $50,000
Workers Defense Project Inc. Austin Texas $134,900
Legal Aid Justice Center Charlottesville Va. $138,560
The Associated General Contractors of America Arlington Va. $135,000
Boat People SOS Inc. Falls Church Va. $166,250
Timber Products Manufacturers Inc. Spokane Wash. $137,000
Casa Latina Seattle Wash. $144,000
Voces de la Frontera Milwaukee Wis. $140,000
University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls Wis. $112,506
Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program Inc. Ashland Wis. $112,970
West Virginia University Research Corp. Morgantown W.Va. $165,000
  Total $10,687,000

Media Contacts:

Lauren North, 202-693-4655,
Jesse Lawder, 202-693-4659,

Release Number: 14-1690-NAT

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