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Region 2 BOS 2003-244
September 22, 2003
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Includes $124,856 to Retail, Wholesale & Dept. Store Union in NYC
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, including a $172,568 grant to the Utility Workers Union of America in Braintree. 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.
The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, New York, NY, will receive a $124,856 grant to conduct ergonomic 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.
"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.
Other Bay State grantees are the University of Massachusetts Lowell Research Foundation ($105,626) to develop an OSHA 10-hour construction outreach program for Hispanic workers and the Utility Workers of America ($172,568) to develop and deliver an industry-specific emergency preparedness and response training curriculum for the utilities industry.
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