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U.S. Department of Labor

National News Release   USDL: 03-495
September 22, 2003
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-4676

U.S. Labor Department Awards More than $11 Million in Grants
for Safety and Health Training Programs

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today awarded more than $11.2 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 67 nonprofit organizations for safety and health training and educational programs. 50 of these grantees are new recipients of these grant monies. These grants will support classroom quality training programs that can be published and used by other organizations, training for OSHA's industry-specific ergonomic guidelines, and training for targeted safety and health hazards, including workplace violence and small-business safety and health management systems.

"This $11.2 million in grants will leverage the reach of training and education efforts to increase the health and safety of workers. These grants will also provide increased compliance assistance in a wide range of professions and disciplines-all of which will contribute to our mission to safeguard America's workers," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

This year OSHA awarded grants in three categories. Targeted Topic Training Grants support training for construction and general industry hazards, transportation fatality hazards, workplace violence, emergency preparedness and response, lead and silica exposure, and safety and health management systems for small businesses. OSHA Training Materials Development Grants support the development, evaluation, and validation of training materials for the eight areas in the targeted topic training grants. Finally, Ergonomics Guidelines Training Grants support training based on the new industry-specific ergonomics guidelines targeted by OSHA: the nursing home industry, retail grocery stores, poultry processing and shipyards.

"Outreach and education are important tools for us to use in reducing injuries and illnesses," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "These grants will help train employees in targeted occupational safety and health topics, and develop practical, user-friendly materials and curricula that will be made available to others so a larger audience can benefit in the future."

Of the 67 grants, 50 are to new grantees selected through a national competition announced last May. The remaining 17 grants are one-year extensions of existing grants.

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.

A complete list of the 2003 Susan Harwood Grant recipients follows in the accompanying fact sheet.

OSHA is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.



Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. The university will develop a four-hour course for workers, supervisors, and managers in micro-to-mid sized businesses to recognize situations and behaviors that lead to workplace violence, to learn precautionary measures to prevent violence, and how to behave in case of such acts to minimize the impact; $152,280.

Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Ga. The institute will develop a training module to reduce silica exposure and control occupational hazards associated with cleaning concrete delivery trucks, including hearing protection, ergonomic concerns, confined space procedures, lockout/tagout procedures, fall protection, and heat stress. All materials will be available in English and Spanish; $55,689.

International Society of Arboriculture, Champaign, Ill. The society will develop an interactive CD-ROM program to reach and train arborists and tree workers in OSHA-approved safe work practices for tree care operations. The program will include hazard awareness and recognition, personal protective equipment, proper and safe use of equipment and gear, and best practices for various methods of tree pruning, removal and cutting. The CD-ROM will feature English and Spanish audio capability; $73,100.

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. The university will develop a library of training resources in English and Spanish for the landscaping and horticultural services industries. Products to be developed include employee workbooks that address the most serious hazards, a supervisors/employers supplement on employer responsibilities and the business benefits of managing safety and health, and an instructor's guide that includes learning activities for instructor-led training; $217,590.

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The college will develop an interactive expert system to develop emergency action plans and train employees on hazards that require evacuation, relocation or shelter to protect their health and safety. A training tool for employees based on facility-specific evacuation, relocationor shelter procedures, and an incident command and training tool for management will be produced; $200,000.

Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America, Washington, D.C. The grantee will enhance training products developed under a Harwood grant on highway construction hazards. Upgrades include the addition OSHA regulations, new demos, incorporation of story-telling elements, added participatory elements, and revisions to the instructor's and student booklets; $223,079.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. The university plans to develop a technical assistance program directed to small manufacturing businesses. Four training modules will be developed to guide the target population in establishing effective safety and health management systems. Lesson plans, training objectives and an evaluation will be provided for each module. Final training materials will consist of a computer-based training program that can be accessed via the Internet or CD-ROM; $209,853.

Northwest Public Power Association, Vancouver, Wash. NWPPA will further develop their utility industry operation and maintenance training program for electrical, wireless and HDTV construction and maintenance workers and employers, including a new component on safe tower construction. Five new courses will be developed; $361,750.

Ohio State University Research Foundation, Columbus, Ohio. The university will adapt 66 of 85 existing English/Spanish agricultural tailgate training safety modules to the landscaping/horticultural services industries. The 66 modules address occupational safety and health topics and will be revised for use as tailgate training materials. 10-to-20 new modules will be developed for classroom and self-study that address additional risks and hazards common to the industries. All modules will be translated into Spanish; $187,787.

Pennsylvania Foundry Association, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. The Association intends to develop two silicosis prevention training modules for the foundry industry; a self-learning course for supervisors and an instructor lead classroom-ready worker awareness course. The worker awareness module will be translated into Spanish; $200,000.

Regents of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. The university will develop a 3-part training program that focuses on creating comprehensive safety and health management systems for small construction companies. The project will produce modules on awareness, system design development, and implementation that will be delivered in two formats: in class and Web-based instruction. Materials from both module formats will be made available via the Internet; $194,310.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. The Institute will develop a 6-module training program to assist small businesses with establishing safety and health management systems. Six high-hazard small businesses will be recruited to serve as case study companies. Applicant will benchmark small VPPPA companies and OTI's Management System Course and utilize the information in the development of this program; $154,011.

Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), College Station, Tex. TEEX will develop training materials for employers and workers with minimum to moderate experience on fall hazards in the construction and maintenance of telecommunication towers. Materials will address the most dangerous tasks and job duties in the industry, identify hazards, and methods to abate those hazards; $195,718.

Texas Engineering Extension Services (TEEX), College Station, Tex. TEEX will develop training materials in a photo-example format on the most common or most dangerous safety and health hazards in land-based oil and gas field operations. More than 1,000 photos with color-coded borders and English or Spanish captions will help convey the message regarding hazard recognition. The photo training materials will supplement existing OSHA oil and gas well drilling and servicing e-Tool by showing hazards in more detail; $226,311.

University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio. The University will develop a training program that covers the design and implementation of workplace emergency preparation plans. A 4-to-6 hour module focusing on the assessment of the workplace and development of emergency response plans will be developed for managers and supervisors. An 8-hour module that focuses on implementation of the emergency response plan will be developed for employees; $185,249.

University of Massachusetts Lowell Research Foundation, Lowell, Mass. The university will develop an OSHA 10-hour Construction Outreach Program for Hispanic Workers. The program will include 13 modules, training manuals, trainer's guide, visual aids, pocket sized safety and health alert cards for each of the training topics, and a Spanish construction dictionary. A 15-minute video on work hazards will be developed featuring Hispanic construction workers; $105,626.

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Tex. The University will develop a training program that promotes the value of safety and health management systems for small retail grocery and convenience stores. Materials will incorporate general safety training, recordkeeping, ergonomic hazards, and workplace violence information. On-line Web-based training will deliver training to managers and supervisors; $197,422.

Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. The university will develop training materials addressing highway construction hazards geared to workers, supervisors, and managers. The program will address work zone/traffic control aspects for motorists, internal traffic control within work zones, and general construction safety topics; $199,648.

West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown, WV. The university will develop training materials on fall protection and awareness for residential construction. The university will develop bilingual training materials for use with interactive web-based training modules, downloadable training materials (supervisor and worker manuals, train-the-trainer guide, PowerPoint slides, and pre and post tests) and an interactive training DVD. Internet and DVD formats will be available in English and Spanish; $198,859.

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa. The College will develop training materials for taxi/limo drivers and small business retailers that are aimed at preventing or mitigating workplace violence. Interactive materials will be developed for managers to create and implement written workplace violence prevention programs. The materials will be translated into Spanish and be available via the Internet, CD, DVD and in hard-copy formats; $125,166.


Aging Research Institute, Topeka, KS.
The grantee plans to train 100 nursing home teams that include employers and workers. The training will include a two-day program that emphasizes the ergonomic guidelines and hazard/task analysis. Promoting management commitment is an integral part of the program; $159,639.

Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. The grantee will develop a train-the-trainer ergonomics program for nursing home employers and workers. The program incorporates direct training, videoconferencing, and Web-based training. Training will include the OSHA guidelines, a discussion of the cost-effectiveness of ergonomic injury prevention programs, and a step-by-step process for establishing an ergonomics program; $166,565.

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD. The college will develop a train-the-trainer program that provides nursing home managers and workers tools to decrease ergonomic injuries. They will provide eight-hour site-specific training tools to assist in delivering facility-based ergonomic training. Trainers will be provided four one-hour modules that address OSHA guidelines and incorporates case studies and exercises; $99,998.

Employers Association, Inc., Plymouth, MN. The association plans to develop two training programs, one for management and one for employees, based on the ergonomic guidelines for nursing homes. The management program will cover the practical aspects of establishing and maintaining a viable ergonomics process and the employee course will include an interactive program that emphasizes practical, hands-on approaches to preventing ergonomic injuries; $108,491.

Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Ga. The grantee will develop and conduct ergonomic training, based on the draft ergonomic guidelines, for the poultry processing industry. The training also will address hazard recognition, evaluation, and control. Training materials will be developed in hard copy and electronic format. Approximately 90 trainer-instructors will be recruited from the poultry industry to participate in a three-day train-the-trainer program;$103,854.

Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL. The college plans to develop an ergonomic Risk Factor Identification Tool that, in addition to OSHA ergonomic guidelines for nursing homes, allows caregivers to quickly determine whether a work-related situation poses an ergonomic hazard. A train-the-trainer program will be initiated in five participating facilities; $100,000.

Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, New York, NY. The union will conduct training programs for workers and employers in the poultry processing industry. The program will utilize two bilingual health and safety educators. Particular emphasis will be placed on reaching Spanish-speaking workers. Training programs will be tailored to the particular needs of each participating facility; $124,856.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. The institute will develop a sequence of training activities to address ergonomics in retail grocery stores. The activities include a walkthrough assessment, a train-the-trainer workshop, and employee awareness training. Topics for a 24-hour workshop include ergonomic risk factors, administering an ergonomics program, detection of ergonomic problem areas, and examples of successful ergonomic interventions; $169,101.

University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Ky. The university will develop and provide customized ergonomic training for poultry processors. Training will be oriented toward practical solutions to reduce the number and severity of ergonomic injuries. The grantee will provide assistance for initiating an in-plant ergonomics program, provide training for managers and workers, and discuss methods of tracking and evaluating ergonomic initiatives;$88,348.

WVU Research Corporation on behalf of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. The grantee plans to develop a 7.5-hour ergonomics awareness and intervention training program targeted to small business nursing homes. The program will address the application of the OSHA ergonomic guidelines, the benefits of implementing an ergonomics process, the identification and analysis of ergonomic problems, and the recognition of practical solutions; $99,811.


American Road & Transportation Builders Association - Transportation Development Foundation, Washington, D.C.
The grantee will address the most significant roadway construction hazards and target specific geographic areas. The association will hold eleven four-hour training classes for the roadway construction industry and update one module based on OSHA's changes to the Signs, Signals, and Barricades standard; $153,811.

Associated Builders and Contractors, Mobile, Ala. The grantee will develop and deliver training for 50 owners and 1,000 Hispanic workers in the recognition and prevention of fall hazards in residential/commercial construction. All training will be conducted in Spanish. The seven-hour training class will be divided equally into the hazard recognition and control in the areas of residential, commercial, and communication and HDTV tower construction; $79,496.

Associated General Contractors of America, Alexandria, Va.
The grantee will educate contractors and their employees in fall protection. CD-ROMs, handouts, regulations, and OSHA fall protection publications will be developed in English and Spanish. Training classes will be held at 15 AGC training centers and cover fall protection standards, best practices, where hazards occur, and protection systems; $233,000.

Building Trades Labor-Management Organization of Washington State, Olympia, Wash.
The grantee will develop an awareness training program for the construction trades that emphasizes the proper selection and use of hearing protection, and a focus on how to avoid overprotection and improve worker convenience. The Center to Protect Workers' Rights and the University of Washington will help recruit Spanish attendees; $178,056.

Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), Hartford, Conn.
The association will target small businesses with Hispanic and hard-to-reach workers and train workers and supervisors in responsibilities for emergency response and prepredness such as egress, and how to develop an appropriate plan. Plan includes symposium, workshops, and follow-up activities; $172,488.

Construction Advancement Foundation, Portage, Ind.
This foundation will collaborate with the Construction Employers Association of Cleveland to deliver eight hours of training to managers and supervisors. The training will cover developing written programs, the value of safety and health management systems, and the implementation of the systems; $150,000.

Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc., Rhinelander, Wisc.
The grantee will target landscapers and horticulturalists in multi-state region to provide hands-on worksite training. Program will focus on non-English speaking audience and will target small businesses; $151,717.

Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Ala.
The college will hold workshops to train owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses on the importance of safety and health management systems, how to develop an effective management system, and how to evaluate and implement the system. The recruiting plan includes details on attracting minority-owned businesses to the training; $264,764.

High Plains Technology Center #24, Woodward, Okla.
The grantee proposes to reduce injuries and fatalities by providing instruction in the use of tools and equipment in the oil and gas industry. Instruction will be delivered in English and Spanish. Materials will also be translated into Spanish; $118,140.

Labor-Management Construction Safety Alliance, Boston, Mass.
The alliance will use materials from the "Build It Smart" program for a two level training program. Level One is a program to train joint apprenticeship training center instructors, OSHA outreach trainers, foremen, supervisors, and safety and health professionals on delivering toolbox talks on hearing conservation. In Level Two, the trainers will hold toolbox training sessions for construction workers; $61,972.

NAHB Research Center, Inc, Upper Marlboro, Md.
The grantee will train small-home builders and supervisors on how to implement safety and health management programs in the residential construction industry. Course content will be determined through a workshop with stakeholders. A PowerPoint presentation, student manual, and instructor's guide will be produced; $156,134.

National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill.
The grantee will develop a training program as part of "Safety Wins," a safe driving program involving national partnerships. The program enlists NASCAR spokespersons to deliver safety message on recognition, avoidance, and prevention of workplace safety and health hazards related to vehicle operations. Training will coincide with national racing events and take place on-site at race tracks; $153,240.

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ.
The university will partner with other non-profit organizations to deliver Emergency Preparedness training to immigrant workers. Plan will utilize train-the-trainer format to target temporary, Hispanic, and hard-to-reach workers. A bilingual ERP program will include workbooks, program brochures, and ERP program impact evaluation; $212,865.

Southeast Michigan Coalition for Safety and Health (SEMCOSH), Detroit, Mich.
The grantee will provide OSH training in Spanish on hazards in the landscaping and horitcultural services industries to Spanish-speaking immigrant and landscape workers. The program is a collaborative effort with the Michigan Landscape Association, community organizations, and churches serving the Latino population. The program will train both workers and employers; $150,000.

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Sacramento, Calif.
The council will conduct three one-to-two day train-the-trainer sessions, including one in Spanish regarding noise and hearing conservation in construction. The council will host awareness seminars that address risk factors and focus on best practices and practical solutions; $153,700.

University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
The university will develop ship building safety training materials. Grantee will research, write, and produce a handbook entitled, "Achieving Occupational Safety and Health in Ship and Boat Yards." Program will involve employees, supervisors, and managers; $182,955.

Unstrung Bow Spiritual Retreat & Compassionate Mission Ministries, Inc. (DBA: The Relational Culture Institute), Fresno, Calif.
The organization will develop a workplace violence program in English and Spanish in a train-the-trainer format. The grantee will contract with University of California, Berkeley, for outreach and training. Training materials will be translated into Spanish;$150,000.

Utility Workers Union of America, Braintree, Mass.
The grantee will develop and deliver industry-specific emergency response and preparedness training curriculum for the utilities industry. A train-the-trainer plan will include a new curriculum and will utilize workers as trainers; $172,568.

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa.
The college will provide onsite fall hazard training to wireless communication and HDTV tower construction employers and workers. The training will include sessions for tower erection employees and a separate course for supervisors/competent persons thatemphasizes fall prevention. Materials for the supervisor/competent person course will be developed and translated into Spanish for Spanish-speaking supervisors; $94,663.

York Area Labor-Management Council, York, Pa.
The council will offer workplace violence training in a train-the-trainer format to small businesses. Curriculum focuses on secure work practices, recognizing threats, and two-way communication. Plan is aimed at workers and employers; $55,000.

Institutional Competency Building (Renewal Grants)

American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation, Washington, D.C., $150,484
Boat People S.O.S., Inc., Falls Church, Va., $165,750
Construction Education Foundation, Rosslyn Va., $147,538
Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Washington, D.C., $56,260
George Meany Center - National Labor College, Silver Spring, Md., $224,250
Graphic Communications International Union, Washington, D.C., $223,500
International Union, United Auto Workers (UAW), Detroit, Mich., $230,250
National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., $164,128
National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill., $193,178
North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project, Durham, NC, $544,500
Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, Nashville, Tenn., $231,000
Regents of the University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif., $206,250
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Education and Support Fund, Washington, D.C., $222,000
Trimmer Education Foundation, formerly Construction Education Foundation, Arlington, Va., $147,538
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), AFL-CIO, New York, NY, $156,000
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, Washington, D.C., $162,713
United Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh, Pa., $113,250
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, $95,576


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