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U.S. Department of Labor

National News Release
USDL 04-1844-NAT
Date: September 16, 2004
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

U.S. Labor Department Awards more than $10.5 Million in Grants
For Safety and Health Training Programs

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today awarded more than $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 69 nonprofit organizations for safety and health training and educational programs.

"These grants of more than $10.5 million will provide new opportunities to train and educate workers about job safety," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "They are an important part of this Administration's emphasis on compliance assistance, which protects workers by reaching out aggressively to employees and employers to help prevent injuries and illness from occurring in the first place."

The grants support the development of training materials and the provision of safety programs to educate Hispanic and other non-English-speaking workers and employers in small businesses, and workers who are employed in high hazard industries and industries with high fatality rates.

OSHA awarded grants in two categories: Targeted Topic Training Grants support training for four occupational safety and health topic areas; construction hazards, general industry hazards, ergonomics, and the health care industry. OSHA Training Materials Development Grants support the development, evaluation, and validation of training materials for four occupational safety and health topic areas; construction hazards, general industry hazards, lead hazards, and work-related transportation hazards.

"These funds offer new opportunities to provide quality training for non-English speaking workers and others who work in high-hazard occupations," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The Susan Harwood Training Grant program is one way that we can maximize our outreach to workers and employers at both the regional and local levels and provide the necessary training and education to help keep all workers safe and healthy."

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 designed to help protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

A complete list of the 2004 Susan Harwood Grant recipients follows in the accompanying fact sheet.

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2004 Susan Harwood Grants

Training Materials Development Grants (New Grants)


Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Austin, Tex. ABC will conduct research with area companies to identify residential construction training needs, and develop a supervisor's manual, employee workbooks, brochures, and flyers in plain language and Spanish; $196,650.

Boat People S.O.S., Inc., Falls Church, Va. The grantee will develop and translate five training modules for residential construction covering falls, electrical, struck-by, trenching and excavation, and hazardous materials. Audio and videotapes will be developed in Vietnamese with Chinese and Korean subtitles; $199,760.

Construction Safety Council, Hillside Ill. The Council will develop a five module interactive course for the Internet, CD and DVD that covers Subpart P, excavation requirements, soil analysis, protective systems, and emergency response enhanced with video, graphics, and PowerPoint slides; $265,097.

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. The University will develop an 8-hour Power Point presentation that addresses hazards and safeguards for the residential construction industry. The program will be available on CD-ROM and the University's Web site; $112,635.

Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Ga. The University will develop bilingual training materials addressing the recognition and prevention of hazards, including lead in residential construction. Materials will be supported by an Internet training course targeting renovation, remodeling, and rehab contractors; $146,380.

Labor -Management Construction Safety Alliance, Boston, Mass. The grantee will develop and evaluate a bilingual interactive DVD and computer based training program on excavation and trenching hazards for instructor-led training. Materials will target various trades and address specific tasks that present the greatest risk of exposure; $195,237.

National Utility Contractors Association Foundation for Education and Research, Arlington, Va. NUCA will develop an orientation-level training program that will introduce hazards and employer responsibilities for protecting workers in excavation and trenching operations. A CD/DVD will include audio and video text in English and Spanish and will target low-literacy workers; $191,058.

Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund, Washington, DC. The grantee will complete their Roofing Safety and Health Training Program by developing nine bilingual macro-media instructor presentation modules and 8 bilingual trainee booklets; $145,470.

Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust, Alexandria, Va. The Trust will develop a bilingual interactive DVD-based roofing safety program for sheet metal workers on hazards in commercial roofing construction. Materials will include an interactive DVD and a multi-media presentation; $185,917.

Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), College Station, Tex. TEEX will develop photo-based training aids that illustrate residential construction hazards and hazard elimination. The photos will be available in a web-based photo library, with English and Spanish hazard descriptions; $199,216.

West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown, WV. The University will develop bilingual task-based training materials pertaining to safety hazards for residential construction workers performing modular and manufactured home installations; $156,226.

General Industry

Farmworker Health and Safety Institute, Glassboro, NJ. The Institute will adapt the 10-hour General Industry Outreach course to be culturally sensitive for immigrant, Spanish-speaking low literacy adults in the food processing industry, specifically for mushroom processing; $164,470.

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. The University will develop materials for fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty food manufacturing that address the most serious hazards, and how to identify, control, and eliminate the hazards. Materials will be developed in English and Spanish; $227,306.

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The College will develop 25 learning units that are embedded with visually interactive learning objects, with audio in English and Spanish to support OSHA's curriculum for warehouse worker safety; $250,044.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. The grantee will develop training modules for small businesses in the fruit and vegetable food processing and related warehousing and storage industries. Modules will be developed in English and Spanish for supervisor-led training of employees; $ 177,338.

United Steelworkers of America (USWA), Pittsburgh, Pa. The USWA will develop six modules for various audiences that focus on high hazard tasks in basic steel. Modules will include facilitator guides, participant manuals, activity worksheets, CDs, DVDs, or web-based information. Key materials will be translated into Spanish; $146,291.

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Tex. The University will develop training materials for small landscapers that target material handling, machine operation, tools and equipment to reduce strains, falls, amputations, and other injuries. Picture dictionary flashcards will include simple English/Spanish text on do's and don'ts for job safety; $240,773.

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa. The College will work with the American Concrete Pipe Association and the ready mixed concrete industry to develop online training materials, which will target confined-space, PPE, and industry hazards. Materials will be translated into Spanish; $140,835.

Westside Energy Services Training & Education Center (WESTEC), Taft, Calif. WESTEC will develop courses for Spanish-speaking workers in the oil and gas field services industry to help them identify and comprehend English language signage and safety words/phrases common to the petroleum industry. Confined space courses will be translated into Spanish; $175,550.


Employers Association, Inc., Plymouth, Minn. The Association will develop a training program geared to small manufacturing organizations with inherent lead hazards. Materials will address lead in the environment, toxicology, work exposures, exposure controls, methods of abatement and OSHA's lead standard; $123,524.

Non-Ferrous Founders' Society, Park Ridge, Ill. The Society will develop a training program targeting small business employers and employees in the recognition of lead hazards within the non-ferrous cast metals industry. The program will include a fully narrated bilingual computerized training video with text; $76,000.

Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill. The Council will update and expand their existing lead program to conform to current respiratory standards for lead protection. Materials will be pilot tested in six 1-2 hour classes, translated into Spanish, and posted on the Council's web site as a self-study program; $174,903.


Laborer's Health & Safety Fund of NA, Washington, DC. The Laborers will enhance an existing training product by developing an additional module that focuses on best practices for driving skills in and around work zones, to and from construction sites, and for transporting materials. Materials will be translated into Spanish and the program will develop text to speech programs to address literacy concerns; $ 210,194.

Targeted Topic Training Grants (New Grants)


Centro Legal de la Raza, Inc., Oakland, Calif. The grantee will develop a six-session, 24-hour train-the-trainer program that covers residential construction hazards, legal rights and responsibilities, and how to conduct tailgate meetings. An outreach specialist will be hired to discuss the needs of day laborers with 500 employers; $150,000.

National Roofing Contractors Assoc., Rosemont, Ill. The association will present seven sessions of "Roofing Safety," a ten-hour construction outreach class, in English and Spanish. The program will be translated into Spanish and videos will be incorporated; $174,742.

South Central Tech College, North Mankato, Minn. The College will provide 27 eight-hour training sessions which includes classroom and hands-on training utilizing a "trench trailer simulator." The course will address soil mechanics, hazard recognition, special excavation safety considerations, and OSHA's excavation standard; $162,617.

Health Care

Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC. The academy will develop and conduct training on reducing the risk of exposure to respiratory diseases in long-term care facilities. Training will focus on tuberculosis in nursing homes and target nursing home workers whose primary language is Spanish; $178,539.

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisc. The grantee will partner with the Wisconsin Committee on Occupational Health and Safety (WisCOSH) to provide 18 train-the-trainer workshops to nursing home workers on identifying, controlling, and preventing occupational respiratory illnesses. WisCOSH will assist and provide bi-lingual trainers; $150,000.


Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. The Institute will develop a three-pronged approach to ergonomics that includes a walkthrough assessment, train-the-trainer workshop, and employee awareness training. The plan targets retail grocery employees, supervisors, and managers in areas of ergonomics intervention; $148,360.

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ. The University will develop and implement a train-the-trainer program to prevent ergonomic injuries in nursing homes; $182,908.

University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio. The University will develop an ergonomics training program for small businesses in the auto supply manufacturing industry. The focus will be on factors contributing to MSDs and work assessment techniques, with an emphasis on job design and return to work programs; $149,937.

General Industry

Board of Regents University of Georgia, Athens, GA. The University will provide risk management training for Hispanic landscape workers in Georgia. The program includes a bilingual component and targets high-risk, hard to reach workers; $105,490.

Tree Care Industry Association, Inc., Manchester, NH. The Association will provide a series of full-day regional bilingual electrical hazards awareness workshops targeting small landscaping businesses. Program includes a train-the-trainer component with strong potential to reach a national audience; $197,566.

Institutional Competency Building (Renewal Grants)

American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation, Washington, D.C., $150,268
Boat People S.O.S., Inc., Falls Church, Va., $165,750
Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Alexandria, Va., $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., $136,660
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

Targeted Topics Grants (Renewal Grants)

Construction Industry Hazards
American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C., $92,103.
Associated Builders and Contractors-Mid Gulf, Mobile Ala., $47,697.
Associated General Contractors of America, Alexandria, Va., $139,800.
Building Trades Labor-Management Organization of Washington State, Olympia, Wash., $106,359.
Labor-Management Construction Safety Alliance, Boston, Mass., $37,181.
State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Sacramento, Calif., $92,220.
Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa, $56,798

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, $127,625.
Utility Workers Union of America, Braintree, Mass., $103,528.

Small Business Safety and Health Management Systems
Construction Advancement Foundation, Portage, Ind., $89,956.
Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Ala., $158,858.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, Inc., Upper Marlboro, Md., $93,663.

General Industry Hazards
Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance, Inc. (FISTA), Rhinelander, Wisc., $91,030.
High Plains Technology Center #24, Woodward, Okla., $69,843.
Southeast Michigan Coalition for Safety and Health (SEMCOSH), Detroit, MI, $90,000.
University of Maine, Orono, Maine, $108,889.

Workplace Violence Prevention
Unstrung Bow Spiritual Retreat and Compassionate Mission Ministries, Inc., (dba as The Relational Culture Institute, Fresno, Calif., $90,000.
York Area Labor-Management Council, York, Penn., $33,000.

Transportation Fatalities
National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill., $91,944.

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