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OSHA National News Release
U.S. Department of Labor
AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, DC $149,000
Contact: Gerald McEntee (202) 429-1200 The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will educate 480 members involved with highway construction and repair about hazards in highway work zones. After the training, the participants will be able to train other union members.
Construction Safety Council, Hillside, IL $129,000
Contact: Thomas Broderick (708) 449-0200 The council will use materials developed under a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to train 922 construction workers and managers at risk of electrocution from power line contact.
Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund, Pomfret Center, CT $117,000
Contact: James Warren (860) 974-0800 The program will address lead and silica hazards in bridge repair. It will train 240 trainers, who will then train other members of the union. Training materials also will be developed and distributed to other affiliated unions.
Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington, WV $118,000
Contact: Dr. James Hooper (304) 696-6204 Marshall University, in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Painters, will update lead-based paint training materials to include silica hazards and train 2,300 instructors to deliver a 10-hour course about lead and silica to members of the union.
Montana Operating Engineers and AGC Joint Training Trust, E. Helena, MT $24,000
Contact: Charles Cashell (406) 442-9597 The program will develop training materials and warning decals about overhead power line contact hazards. It will train 292 participants and assist them in conducting training at construction worksites to union members and construction contractors.
National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, Upper Marlboro, MD $138,000
Contact: A.J. Pearson (301) 249-2042 The grantee, which is the training arm of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association will develop and conduct a program that teaches 300 trainers to deliver a course covering electrical hazards at construction sites, especially with those that have contact with overhead power lines.
National Safety Council, Itasca, IL $143,000
Contact: Alan McMillan (630) 775-2237 The council will develop and deliver a program that instructs 360 trainers on how to conduct safety sessions that address the control and abatement of hazards at highway construction worksites.
North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project, Durham, NC $82,000
Contact: Tom O'Connor (919) 286-99249 The grantee will conduct training about ergonomic, chemical and machine hazards for workers in the meat and poultry industries. The program will train 1,030 people in English and Spanish.
Safety and Health Council of Greater Omaha, Omaha, NE $73,000
Contact: Kay Farrell (402) 592-7233 The grantee will train workers in the meat industry about ergonomics, hazard communication, emergency response, machine guarding and lockout/tagout. The program will train 1,100 workers in English and Spanish.
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Washington, DC $110,000
Contact: Marvin Hrubes (202) 466-1530 The union will train 660 workers, employers and members of labor-management committees. The training will cover hazards, including machinery, electricity, walking/working surfaces, chemical hazards and noise in the meat and poultry processing industries. Informational materials will be produced in English and Spanish.
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL $80,000
Contact: Robert Wells (205) 348-8878 The university will train 250 Spanish-speaking supervisors in poultry processing plants about hazards and hazard abatement.
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA $108,000
Contact: (509) 359-6567 The university will work with logging associations to recruit 1,204 loggers for safety training that will be conducted at logging sites and will emphasize OSHA standards. The program will also conduct train-the-trainer sessions and assist logging firms to establish safety and health programs.
Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council, Tomahawk, WI $140,000
Contact: Edward Huettl (715) 453-1253 The program will use the Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance (FISTA) to train 2,800 workers at logging sites about such topics as chainsaw safety and mechanized logging operations. FISTA will also conduct classroom sessions focusing on OSHA standards.
Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council, Berlin, VT $128,000
Contact: Arthur Webb (802) 828-4595 The grantee will provide administrative direction to the Yankee Forest Safety Network, which includes forestry and logging safety organizations. The network will train 150 loggers and managers as well as conduct safety visits at their worksites to help improve safety practices.
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Boston, MA $468,000
Contact: Lauren Sheridan (617) 524-6686 The grantee will administer a coalition of 18 committees for occupational safety and health (COSH). Each COSH will instruct trainers, who will then train 3,608 temporary workers, immigrants and teenagers about worker rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including whistleblower protections.
Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, Lakewood, CO $151,000
Contact: Robert Wages (303) 987-2229 The union will develop curriculum covering worker rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and whistleblower protections administered by OSHA. It will instruct trainers who will then train local union members. The training will be supplemented by a fact sheet distributed to all members.
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, CA $120,000
Contact: Jyl Baldwin (510) 642-8114 The University of California at Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) will develop curriculum and materials to inform youth about their OSHA rights, responsibilities, and whistleblower protections. LOHP will work with youth agencies funded by the Job Training and Partnership Act to train trainers who will incorporate the training and materials into ongoing youth job programs administered by their agencies.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters Health & Safety Fund of North America, Washington, DC $127,000
Contact: G. Ray Medlin, Sr. (202) 546-6206 The union will train members in its industrial councils who are employed in the forest product industries. The training will cover OSHA rights and worker protections administered by OSHA. Training will be given to officers and others from local unions who can pass the information on to other members. The training will become part of the union's ongoing curriculum.
SILICA IN GENERAL INDUSTRY
Pennsylvania Foundrymen's Association, Plymouth Meeting, PA $99,000
Contact: Christopher Moyer (610) 825-5126 The association will train foundry managers to teach workers about silica dust protection. It will also develop a manual to show foundries how to measure silica dust concentrations.
Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Amherst, NY $111,000
Contact: Dr. Charles Kaars ( 716) 645-2977 The State University of New York at Buffalo will train workers and managers at small businesses to recognize silica hazards and to protect workers exposed to the hazards. Classes will include hands-on training using respirators and monitoring equipment.
California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, San Francisco, CA $103,000
Contact : Art Pulaski (415) 986-3585 The grantee will train 20 union members as ergonomics trainers.
Communications Workers of America, Washington, DC $145,000
Contact: M.E. Nichols (202) 434-1147 This is a renewal grant that trains trainers to train video display terminal operators about ergonomic awareness.
Research Foundation of the City University of New York, NY $117,000
Contact: Robert Buckley (212) 772-4020 Hunter College will continue its project with the United Paperworkers International Union to train selected paperworkers as ergonomics trainers.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, New York, NY $120,000
Contact: Susan Cowell (212) 265-7000 This on-going project trains workers as trainers so they can provide information about ergonomics to other workers in their locals.
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Washington, DC $34,000
Contact: Marvin Hrubes (202) 466-1530 The union will continue to train workers and employers as ergonomics resources in their workplaces, primarily in meatpacking and processing plants, and nursing homes.
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA $75,000
Contact: Sharon Lam (310) 206-3257 The grantee will continue to train meat and vegetable food processing workers about ergonomics hazards.
University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT $101,000
Contact: Leonard Paplauskas (860) 679-3173 The university will work with coalitions for occupational safety and health in four New England states to continue to conduct ergonomic awareness training for workers.
Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Buffalo, NY $70,000
Contact: Roger Cook (716) 833-5416 The grantee will continue to work with four safety and health organizations to conduct ergonomics training for members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters who work in grocery warehouses.
*International Masonry Institute, Cascade, MD $133,000
Contact: Joan Calambokidis (410) 280-1300 The grantee will continue to conduct a train-the-trainer course on scaffold safety and fall protection for apprentice and journeyworker scaffold users.
*Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund, Pomfret Center, CT $137,000
Contact: James Warren (860) 974-0800 The grantee has developed an 8-hour scaffold user training program. The program is being expanded to cover additional areas, and the grantee is developing a CD-ROM program on scaffold standards.
*National Ironworkers and Employers Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman Upgrading Fund, Washington, DC $72,000
Contact: Raymond Robertson (202) 383-4870 The grantee will continue to train instructors from local unions and provide them with training materials to train other members as scaffold users.
*United Brotherhood of Carpenters Health and Safety Fund of North America, Washington, DC $139,000
Contact: G. Ray Medlin, Sr. (202) 546-6206 The grantee will continue to conduct train-the-trainer courses for the Carpenters Union and other building trades unions.
Bishop State Community College, Mobile, AL $75,000
Contact: Dr. Yvonne Kennedy (334) 690-6416 The grantee will continue to recruit small businesses and train managers about establishing safety and health programs.
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Detroit, MI $125,000
Contact: Dr. Franklin Mirer (313) 926-5563 The union will continue to provide safety and health training programs for labor-management audiences. The training includes basic OSHA requirements, site-specific hazards, and train-the-trainer components.
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Boston, MA $75,000
Contact: Lauren Sheridan (617) 524-6686 The grantee will continue to coordinate a project that provides training to union representatives from small firms, enabling them to play effective roles in working with management to develop and sustain workplace safety and health programs.
National Safety Council, Itasca, IL $95,000
Contact: Alan McMillan (630) 775-2237 The grantee will continue to conduct on-day training sessions for small business construction contractors.
Printing Industries Association of the Heartland, Kansas City, MO $91,000
Contact: A. James Oldebeken (816) 421-7677 The grantee will provide safety and health training for workers from member firms, assist firms to implement workplace safety and health programs, and provide employers with train-the-trainer programs.
University of Maine, Orono, ME $80,000
Contact: Dr. Paul Uttormark (207) 581-1476 The University's Bureau of Labor Education will continue to provide safety and health training to workers and employers from small construction firms, primarily those working as subcontractors to paper mills.
West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown, WV $59,000
Contact: William Reeves (304) 293-3998 The grantee will continue to train employers and workers from small construction companies as safety and health leaders.
Wyoming-Montana Safety Council, Cheyenne, WY $75,000
Contact: Stephen Chasson (307) 635-4592 The grantee, in partnership with the Colorado Safety Association, will conduct training sessions that target specific safety and health hazards faced by small businesses. It will also conduct safety program audits.
York Area Labor-Management Council, York, PA $85,000
Contact: Richard Boyd (717) 852-0628 The grantee will offer 2-hour seminars on specific safety and health topics that are of interest to small businesses. It also will offer 10-hour programs on OSHA standards, and maintains a lending library of safety and health videos.
*Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, CA $120,000
Contact: Jyl Baldwin (510) 642-8114 The University's Labor Occupational Health Program will conduct train-the-trainer courses that cover workplace violence prevention techniques for employers and unions.
*United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Washington, DC $40,000
Contact: Marvin Hrubes (202) 466-1530 The grantee has developed a program on workplace violence and is training representatives from locals the cover retail food stores and other retail establishments. The union will produce a videotape and distribute copies to all affected locals.
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