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News Release USDL 97-340
Monday, September 29, 1997
Contact: Frank Kane (202) 219-8151
Grants Office: Helen Beall (847) 297-4810

Susan Harwood Grants Named for Long-Time OSHA Employee


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today awarded $2,351,000 in grants to 21 nonprofit groups to provide training in occupational safety and health issues for 18,000 workers, managers and employers nationwide. The groups include educational institutions, small business associations and labor unions.

"These grants educate and train employers and workers in ways to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace," said Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman. "One of my top priorities is to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for American workers and to get businesses involved in creating such workplaces. These targeted grants go a long way toward achieving that goal."

This year OSHA named the grants for Susan Harwood, who was a key member of the agency's staff for 17 years before her death in 1996. Harwood helped develop a number of major OSHA health standards; the grant program commemorates her outstanding service to occupational safety and health.

Eighteen of the grantees were selected through a national competition open to all nonprofit organizations, excluding state and local governments. The remaining three awards are extensions of existing grants.

"These grants are going to programs designed to reduce injuries and illnesses in high priority areas -- ergonomics, logging and safety and health programs for small businesses," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Gregory R. Watchman.

Grantees, the subjects they will cover, the number of workers and/or employers or managers to be trained and the amounts of the grants, follow:


California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, San Francisco, CA
to train union members as ergonomic trainers and assist them in conducting training sessions for their locals, with targeted unions including the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the International Association of Machinists, the Communications Workers of America and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; 500 to be trained in California

Communications Workers of America, Washington, DC
to train video display terminal operators and other workers about ergonomic awareness; 3,608 nationwide to be trained

Research Foundation of the City University of New York (Hunter College), New York, NY
to work with the United Paperworkers International Union to train selected paperworkers as ergonomics trainers who will then train members of their locals; 2,520 nationwide to be trained

Union of Needle Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees, New York, NY
to train trainers and conduct workshops to provide ergonomics information to locals; 192 to be trained nationwide

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Washington, DC
to train trainers and other workers on ergonomics in the meatpacking, poultry, garment, nursing home, and retail industries; 310 nationwide to be trained

University of California, Los Angeles
to train both union trainers and nonunion workers on ergonomics in the food processsing industry; 506 in Los Angeles County, Calif., to be trained

University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
to work with coalitions for occupational safety and health (COSH groups) to conduct worker ergonomics awareness training and to train ergonomics intervention teams (made up of workers and managers) in Connecticut to implement ergonomics programs in their workplaces; 1,320 to be trained in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Buffalo, NY
to train Teamsters Union members on ergonomics in grocery warehouses; 1,042 to be trained in New York State


Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
to conduct seminars on OSHA's logging standards, provide on-site training for loggers, assist logging firms in implementing safety and health programs, and train loggers to conduct safety training at logging sites; 874 to be trained in eastern Washington and northern Idaho

Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council, Tomahawk, WI
to work with the Forest Industry Training Alliance in conducting basic in-woods, followup and advanced training in safety for loggers, and to conduct logging truck driver and mechanized logging courses; 3,040 to be trained in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown, WV
to provide on-site assistance in identification and correction of hazards to small logging companies, and to provide worker safety and health training at logging sites and specialized training in chainsaw safety; 850 to be trained in Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia


Bishop State Community College, Mobile, AL
to recruit small businesses and train managers about establishing safety and health programs, with the managers designating safety coordinators who will be trained in workplace hazards and then train workers at their workplaces; 480 to be trained in the Mobile, AL area

International Union, UAW, Detroit, MI
to provide safety and health training programs for labor-management audiences, with the training to include basic OSHA requirements, site-specific hazards and train-the trainer components so trainers can train others; 851 to be trained nationwide

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Boston, MA
to train union representatives from small firms who can train other union members, with the training to cover safety and health awareness in the workplace to include a peer support network to assist the trainers; 623 in Massachusetts to be trained

National Safety Council, Itasca, IL
to conduct a series of training sessions for small business construction contractors, with training to include general safety management and information on OSHA requirements that address high-risk situations found on construction sites; 360 to be trained nationwide

Printing Industries Association of the Heartland, Kansas City, MO
to provide safety and health training for workers from member firms, assist a number of firms to implement workplace safety and health programs and provide some employers with train-the-trainer training; 1,056 in the Kansas City area to be trained

Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX
to assist small businesses with on-site assessments for safety and health planning and to conduct training that will include general industry, construction, and agribusiness; 680 to be trained in 11 counties in Texas

University of Maine, Orono, ME
to train trainers who will train workers and managers employed as construction subcontractors in industrial and paper mills, with training to assist in implementing safety and health programs at their workplaces; 175 in Maine to be trained.

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
to train employers and workers from small construction companies in West Virginia as safety and health leaders, with the trainers establishing safety and health programs in their companies and training other worker; 300 in West Virginia to be trained

Wyoming-Montana Safety Council, Cheyenne, WY
to conduct a series of four workshops for small businesses, with participants developing action plans for implementing safety and health programs at their workplaces; 300 in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming to be trained

York Area Labor-Management Council, York, PA
to conduct classes and seminars on variety of workplace safety topics for general industry and construction, with the program emphasizing that participants are to teach other employees at their workplaces what they have learned; 312 in York County, Pennsylvania, to be trained

OSHA plans to soon issue another round of grants from the same pool of applicants

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