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National News Release  USDL 01-340
Oct. 4, 2001
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Application: Cynthia Bencheck
Phone: (847) 759-7726

OSHA AWARDS MORE THAN $10 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON -- OSHA announced today the latest round of Susan Harwood Training Grants. In all, $10.6 million was awarded to 61 nonprofit organizations for safety and health training programs. Grant monies were awarded for workers employed in high-risk activities or hazards and those affected by new or revised OSHA standards.

"These grants are a key part of OSHA's safety and health partnership and compliance assistance programs with workers and employers that contribute to our overall safety and health mission," said U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "Safety and health training add value to all of America's workplace operations and directly impact the bottom line -- fewer injuries and illnesses. Good safety and health practices also add value indirectly by increasing performance, productivity, innovation and creativity."

The grants target safety and health training programs in construction; blood borne pathogens; ergonomics; electrical power generation, transmission and distribution; and hard-to-reach workers. The five training topics are based on injuries and illnesses in selected industries identified in the OSHA Strategic Plan.

"These grants are part of our comprehensive compliance assistance efforts to help workers and employers create safe work environments," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "Training supported by these grants takes a pro-active approach in America's workplaces, focusing on workers who are most at risk."

Twenty-eight new grantees were selected through a national competition open to all non-profit organizations, including 15 that provide outreach to Hispanic workers. Grant recipients include five universities or colleges, four labor-management councils, five unions, four employer associations and ten other non-profit organizations.

Grants were awarded for a 12-month period. The average federal award is $150,000. If first year performance is satisfactory and funds are available, grants may be renewed for an additional 12-month period.

In addition, $4.7 million was awarded to renew 33 existing grants for another year. $3.3 million was awarded for 17 Institutional Competency Building Grants, which are intended to develop ongoing safety, and health training and service programs that will continue after the grant period ends; and $1.4 million for 16 Strategic Planning Grants that assist non-profit organizations in targeting specific hazards in construction, food processing and nursing homes.

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 blood borne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

The new Harwood grantees are:

AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, D.C., $156,590; American Nurses Foundation, Washington, D.C., $198,736; Joint Commission Resources, Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., $179,749; Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, Tex., $277,182; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, N.J., $139,831; Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Inc., Central Texas Chapter, Austin, Tex., $153,680; Building Trades Labor-Management Organization of Washington State, Olympia, Wash., $250,000; Construction Education Foundation, Rosslyn, Va., $205,660; Labor-Management Construction Safety Alliance, Boston, Mass., $179,909; Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America, Washington, D.C., $233,189; National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., $299,987; Roofers & Waterproofers Research & Education Joint Trust Fund, Washington, D.C., $209,785; Safety & Health for Industrial Education & Labor Development (SHIELD), Middletown, Ohio, $100,296; Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa, $119,141; Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill., $264,665; Northwest Public Power Association, Vancouver, Wash., $439,020; Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Braintree, Mass., $223,276; Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y., $246,887; Communication Workers of America, Washington, D.C., $206,376; International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C., $200,000; Pennsylvania Foundry Association, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., $185,000; St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., $292,914; Forest Industry Safety and Health Training Alliance Inc., (FISTA), Rhinelander, Wisc., $211,750; Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, $171,990; National Safety Council, Washington, D.C., $214,899; Retail, Wholesale& Department Store Union, New York, N.Y., $196,615; Southeast Michigan Coalition on Occupational Safety & Health, Detroit, Mich., $150,400; Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), College Station, Tex., $200,000.

Current grantees receiving one-year extensions include:

Construction: Associated Builders and Contractors of North Texas, Irving, Tex., $90,000; Associated General Contractors of America, Florida East Coast Chapter, West Palm Beach, Fla., $84,000; Associated General Contractors of America, South Florida Chapter, Davie, Fla., $84,000; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local No. 3-Eastern Massachusetts, Boston, Ma., $25,000; Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill., $144,926; Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Normal, Ill., $116,750; National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, Inc., Upper Marlboro, Md., $112,429; National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Foundation for Education and Research, Arlington, Va., $77,550; State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Sacramento, Calif., $126,090.

Food Processing: Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP), Inc., Cleveland, Ohio; $90,000; Employers Association, Inc., Plymouth, Minn., $49,000.

Institutional Competency Building; 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., $147,780; Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Washington, D.C., $56,330;

George Meany Center-National Labor College, Silver Spring, Md., $224,250; Graphic Communications International Union, Washington, D.C., $223,500; International Union, UAW, Detroit, Mich., $230,250;

National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., $164,130; National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill., $193,178; North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project, Durham, N.C., $544,500; Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy (PACE) Workers International Union, Nashville, Tenn., $231,750; Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., $206,250; Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Education and Support Fund, Washington, D.C., $222,000; Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), AFL-CIO, New York, N.Y., $156,000; United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Washington, D.C., $162,794; United Steel Workers of America, Pittsburgh, Penn., $113,250; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., $112,125.

Nursing Homes: Aging Research Institute, Topeka, Kan., $105,870; Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Ala., $90,000; Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Springfield, Mass., $75,157; Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., $119, 309.

Small Business Development Center: Board of Regents, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Neb., $66,000.

A complete listing of grantees with details on their training proposals follows below:

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FACT SHEET

2001 Susan Harwood Grants

HARD-TO-REACH WORKERS

Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc. (FISTA), Rhinelander, Wisc. FISTA will provide a comprehensive hands-on training approach targeting hard-to-reach workers including illiterate, semi-literate and non-English speaking workers in a five-state area. FISTA will work with others in the landscaping and arborist/tree service industries to develop hands-on training programs for both industries; $211,750.

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The college proposes to develop and deliver workplace health and safety training through 1,200 of the nation's community colleges. General industry safety and health training will be provided to 600 workers who are employees of small businesses or who are entry-level, immigrant, or non-English speaking employees in the food processing industry; $171,990.

National Safety Council, Washington, D.C. NSC will translate training materials addressing the hazards of highway work zone operations into Spanish for hard-to-reach, vulnerable, immigrant Hispanic workers in the highway construction industry. The Alice Hamilton Occupational Health Center will provide assistance in the delivery of the training sessions; $214,899.

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, New York, NY. The union will establish a training program to train non-English speaking Hispanics in the food processing industry by training bilingual trainers who will then train hard-to-reach line workers. The program will establish and maintain a structure for ongoing health and safety activity through a network of health and safety committees; $196,615.

Southeast Michigan Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health (SEMCOSH), Detroit, Mich. The coalition plans to provide health and safety training to landscape workers, supervisors, and manager-owners in the metro Detroit area. This training collaboration also includes the active support of the Metro Detroit Landscape Association and the Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (La Sed, Inc.), a local community organization whose constituency includes the majority of Latinos living in southeast Michigan; $150,400.

Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), College Station, Tex. TEEX proposes to make safety training more accessible to hard-to-reach, non-English speaking construction workers in the residential construction industry. A one-year program to recruit and train experienced bilingual construction company employees and other qualified individuals to become authorized OSHA 500 construction outreach instructors will be implemented; $200,000.

ERGONOMICS

Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y. The center will present ergonomic injury prevention training to both employers and workers at small health care facilities and a local labor council that have already been recruited for the program. In addition, the center will host four video conference sessions for managers and health care professionals at ten remote sites; $246,887.

Communication Workers of America, Washington, D.C. The CWA will develop educational and training materials and conduct training programs that address ergonomic hazards in the airline industry, concentrating on reservations center sales representatives and passenger service agents. Topics include job analysis, identification and resolution ergonomic hazards and risk factors, and work organization, bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases, and the packaging of hazardous substances; $206,376.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C. The Teamsters, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension School for Workers, will develop a three-day train-the-trainer program for warehouse workers. A training videotape and CD-ROM on ergonomic risk factors and repetitive motion injuries will be developed in English and Spanish from data collected during onsite visits at participating employers; $200,000.

Pennsylvania Foundry Association, Plymouth Meeting, Penn. The association will develop a program to build competency for small employers in the metal casting industry to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders. Train-the-trainer materials will be converted into a self-learning program and made available to foundries nationwide through the Pennsylvania Foundry Association's website; $185,000.

Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. The university will partner with the Midwest Worker's Institute for Safety and Health (WISH) to provide training, curriculum development, and technical assistance on ergonomic hazards to workers and employers in the construction, primary metals, air transportation, and health care services industries; $292,914.

BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, D.C. The organization will continue the training for health care worker members that was developed and implemented during a current two-year OSHA grant. A four-day trainer workshop covering needlestick hazards, preventing bloodborne pathogens exposures, and ergonomics will be held for 30 trainers, and each trainer will train 20 others; $156,590.

American Nurses Foundation, Washington, D.C. The foundation will develop trainer materials covering bloodborne pathogens and evaluating and selecting safer needle devices. Two trainer workshops (two days each) will be held for 50-60 American Nurse Association leaders, front line nurses, and nurses in education and management positions. Trainers will train 10 persons each over the next year; $198,736.

Joint Commission Resources, Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. The commission will develop and conduct bloodborne pathogens training for the employees and managers of accredited health care organizations. A six hour classroom training will be held and a one-hour web-based training program and related CD-ROM will be developed for persons without web access; $179,749.

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, Tex. The group will develop an on-line training program on safe handling of blood in a hospital setting. Specific topics include needleless systems, where hazards occur, engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment; $277,182.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, N.J. The university will train 20 peer trainers from four to six nursing facilities in a four-day train-the-trainer course. Five training modules will be produced, four that feature bloodborne pathogens and one that covers establishing joint labor/management health and safety committees. Trainers will conduct 15 one-day training sessions; $139,831.

CONSTRUCTION

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of Austin, Texas (ABC), Inc., Central Texas Chapter, Tex. ABC will target small construction firms and contractors, especially minority- and women-owned businesses, for training on fall protection and other construction hazards. The program will emphasize safety instruction within the context of removing cultural, educational, and language barriers and will include plain language and bilingual materials; $153,680.

Building Trades Labor-Management Organization of Washington State, Olympia, Wash. The organization will develop a one-day training program in the recognition and avoidance of common hazards when working at heights applicable to all construction trades, especially targeting steel erection, tower erection, and roofing companies. The training materials will be posted on the organization's website. The Center to Protect Workers' Rights will translate the program into Spanish; $250,000.

Construction Education Foundation (CEF), Rosslyn, Va. CEF, the educational arm of the Associated Builders and Contractors, will develop materials on highway construction hazards, emphasizing work zone safety. A senior master trainer will train master trainers, who will conduct train-the-trainer courses for local trainers from each of their chapters. Local trainers will conduct 40 four-hour courses; $205,660.

Labor-Management Construction Safety Alliance, Boston, Mass. The alliance will work in partnership with Iron Workers Local #7, Roofers Local #33, and the Building Trades Employers Association. Safety and health training will be provided to workers and employers in the steel erection and roofing industries on a variety of topics emphasizing fall protection through its Worksafe program; $179,909.

Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America, Washington, D.C. The Laborers, in partnership with the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the National Asphalt Pavement Association, will develop a one-hour orientation program for contractors to use with new workers on highway construction sites. The program will be translated into Spanish; $233,189.

National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Rosemont, Ill. The association will produce Spanish language versions of existing NRCA safety videos for Hispanic roofing workers. Video scripts will be translated into Spanish. Videos will be available to contractors cost-free for the balance of the grant year; $299,987.

Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund, Washington, D.C. The Trust Fund will produce safety and health training materials in Spanish and English for roofers working on commercial and residential roofing. Materials include a CD-ROM on non-residential and residential fall protection, trainee booklets covering health hazards, burns, noise, and power line electrical hazards, and safety pocket cards covering hazard communication, fall protection, burns, preventing hearing loss, and power line safety; $209,785.

Safety and Health for Industrial Education and Labor Development (SHIELD), Middletown, Ohio. SHIELD will use existing training materials to provide eight-hour training courses on the recognition and avoidance of fall hazards in commercial and residential roofing, scaffolding, and structural steel, as well as training on the recognition and avoidance of hazards in highway construction work zones; $100,296.

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa. The college will coordinate with the National Association of Tower Erectors and local tower erection companies to develop and conduct two different training courses targeting construction companies and workers who specialize in tower erection. A comprehensive trainer course will be presented to 15-20 participants. Materials will be translated into Spanish; $119,141.

ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION, TRANSMISSION, AND DISTRIBUTION

Construction Safety Council (CSC), Hillside, Ill. CSC proposes to deliver training to both English and Spanish speaking workers who are exposed to power line hazards. Workers, supervisors, and management personnel will be trained in Power Line Hazard Awareness and Managing Power Line Hazards; $264,665.

Northwest Public Power Association, Vancouver, Wash. NWPPA will provide training on multiple safety subjects to workers and employers from high-risk, hazardous occupations of electrical or electrical interfacing industries. Training will include construction of a mock town that encompasses utility poles and wires, fiber optic cables, substations, transmission towers, houses, businesses, and streets; $439,020.

Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Braintree, Mass. The union will develop a train-the-trainer manual and a utility health and safety curriculum for workers in electrical power generation, trans- mission, and distribution industries. The program will develop, test, and revise a utility industry-specific health and safety workbook that emphasizes a systems safety approach for utility workers; $223,276.

CONSTRUCTION (Renewal Grants)

Associated Builders and Contractors of North Texas, Irving, Tex. The foundation will continue its current training program on the Focus Four construction hazards -electrocution, fall protection, caught-in and struck-by. The training will be delivered to approximately 600 workers and employers in Spanish and to 500 in English; $90,000.

Associated General Contractors of America, Florida East Coast Chapter, West Palm Beach, Fla. The grantee will continue training workers and employers, in English and Spanish, on non-residential construction sites on the Focus Four construction hazards with emphasis on recognizing, avoiding, and preventing falls. Several training programs will be conducted: train-the-trainer, management/supervisor training, and on-site worker training; $84,000.

Associated General Contractors of America, South Florida Chapter, Davie, Fla. The grantee will continue training workers and employers, in English and Spanish, on non-residential construction sites on the Focus Four construction hazards with emphasis on recognizing, avoiding, and preventing falls. Several training programs will be conducted: train-the-trainer, management/supervisor training, and on-site worker training; $84,000.

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local No. 3-Eastern Massachusetts, Boston, Mass. The union will continue to conduct their "Stay Alive" training program that focuses on falls, struck-by, crushed-by, and electrical construction hazards in the masonry industry; $25,000.

Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill. The council will continue to deliver three different training programs that focus on the hazards of working around cranes for non-operators. Courses will be conducted for workers, supervisors, as well as train-the-trainer programs. Forty-five courses will be conducted nationwide; $144,926.

Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Normal, Ill. The association will continue to provide training programs in the "recognition and avoidance of construction hazards" to the concrete construction industry. Train-the trainer and field employee training programs will be conducted; $116,750.

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, Inc., Upper Marlboro, Md. The association will continue to conduct a national training and education program targeted to small business residential contractors, subcontractors, and their supervisors and workers. The training focuses on the development of a company safety program and the "Big-Four" construction hazards; falls, electrical, struck-by, and crushed-by; $112,429.

National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Foundation for Education and Research, Arlington, Va. NUCA will continue to train Spanish-speaking construction foremen, crew chiefs and laborers in its eight-hour Spanish Trench Safety & Competent Person Training Program. The courses will be conducted nationwide; $77,550.

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Sacramento, Calif. The council will continue to conduct train-the-trainer sessions focusing on the prevention of ergonomic injuries and construction fatalities. The council will also hold an advanced two-day session on construction ergonomics, a follow-up meeting for trainers trained in year one, and a focus group for Spanish-speaking workers; $126,090.

FOOD PROCESSING (Renewal Grants)

Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP), Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. The grantee will continue to provide health and safety training on common hazards in food processing to management and employees focusing on small companies with non-English speaking employees. Basic safety and health plans for the specific training topics will also be prepared and distributed to the participating companies in the food and kindred products industry; $90,000.

Employers Association, Inc., Plymouth, Minn. The association will continue to offer customized training for employees and supervisors/managers addressing the safety and health hazards found in specific food processing industries. Training materials will be translated into Spanish for presentation to Hispanic employees; $49,000.

INSTITUTIONAL COMPETENCY BUILDING (Renewal Grants)

American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation, Washington, D.C. The foundation will train an additional 200 train-the-trainer participants on the identification and prevention of work-related hazards and exposures, on OSHA standards, and on joint labor-management health and safety committees. These trainers, who are school employees, will train an additional 2,000 of their co-workers in basic hazard awareness training; $150,484.

Boat People S.O.S., Inc., Falls Church, Va. The grantee will expand its program and dissemination of training materials to inform and educate Vietnamese workers and employers about workplace safety and health issues. The grantee will continue to bring OSHA programs and services to the Vietnamese-American community and encourage cooperation among employers, workers, community health advocates, and OSHA Area and District Offices in implementing OSHA standards; $165,750.

Construction Education Foundation, Rosslyn, Va. The foundation will continue the implementation of its project to Strengthen Training Infrastructure and Competency for Construction Safety (STICCS). It will continue to develop and expand the organization's safety and health training and education capacity and competency to institutionalize these services in order to assist construction employers and workers on an ongoing basis; $147,780.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Washington, D.C. The foundation will continue to provide training to solid waste employees on preventing ergonomic injuries, and will develop an internet-based, distance learning program that solid waste safety managers, supervisors and other employees can access. The development of best management practices for preventing ergonomic injuries and the creation of an interactive database of solutions to common ergonomic issues in the solid waste industry are planned; $56,330.

George Meany Center-National Labor College, Silver Spring, Md. The center will update and develop materials for their comprehensive basic safety and health curriculum and companion fact sheets to train local union safety and health representatives. Some handouts and fact sheets will be translated into Spanish, and the curricula and materials will be made available electronically and in CD-Rom format. Train-the-trainer and worker-level courses will be conducted; $224,250.

Graphic Communications International Union, Washington, D.C. The union will continue to provide trainer support and conduct its 32-hour technical training workshops for worker-trainers, who will train others at local facilities or union halls. A health and safety poster will be developed and 1,000 fact sheets will be translated and distributed to non-English-speaking workers; $223,500.

International Union, UAW, Detroit, Mich. The union will continue to implement ongoing health and safety programs for small businesses, workers in high risk activities, and vulnerable workers. Training on a variety of health and safety topics will be presented to joint labor/management audiences at work sites, training curricula will be updated, new materials will be developed, and additional worker-trainers will be trained. Outreach to Spanish-speaking employees will be expanded; $230,250.

National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill. The association will continue to conduct train-the-trainer courses on safety and health issues for the roofing industry, reaching program administrators from 200 companies this year. Through those trainers, 200 foremen and 3,000 workers will receive safety education; $164,130.

National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill. The council will continue to institutionalize its chapters' abilities to promote and provide on-going safety and health training services to small business employers with educational materials designed specifically to meet their unique needs. A new train-the-trainer course on several safety and health issues will be developed and conducted this year for 24 to 30 chapter trainers. Those trainers will deliver training to 850 small business participants; $193,178.

North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project, Durham, N.C. The grantee will continue to bring together 19 Committees of Occupational Safety and Health to provide training on a variety of safety and health issues to a wide range of vulnerable workers including immigrants, teens, temporary and part-time workers, and low-literacy and low-income workers in 16 states. A train-the-trainer program for community agencies that serve the vulnerable workers will be established; $544,500.

Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy (PACE) Workers International Union, Nashville, Tenn. PACE will continue to build its Catastrophic Accident Prevention Program to reduce deaths and injuries at PACE-represented facilities. It will train worker-trainer-investigators to conduct incident investigations and educate fellow workers regarding lessons learned. The program will focus on reducing the number of catastrophic accidents by empowering workers with the knowledge of how to apply the systems of safety to the work environment; $231,750.

Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. The university will continue to establish its Young Worker Safety Resource Center as a national center for educational materials and information, with a focus on developing more comprehensive web-based information. Train-the-trainer programs will be held for 300 school and community-based job readiness and placement staff in nine states, workshops will be conducted for 100 work site supervisors of youth on workplace safety and health rights and responsibilities, and 3,000 youth will be trained by the new trainers. Six to seven new state partners will be recruited for their network; $206,250.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Education and Support Fund, Washington, D.C. The union will develop and expand its program to address the wide range of occupational health and safety hazards facing healthcare workers. Additional worker-trainers will be trained who will in turn train 1,800 workers and employers from hospitals, nursing homes, and home care services on how to recognize, evaluate and control on-the-job hazards; $222,000.

Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), AFL-CIO, New York, N.Y. UNITE will continue to extend its existing national health and safety training programs within target industries (textiles, apparel, auto-parts, laundry, retail distribution and related sectors). Train-the-trainer programs will be expanded; regional workshops will be held for active trainers on program development, curriculum development and evaluation; and workplace-specific training will continue to be delivered to workers, local unions and employers; $156,000.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Washington, D.C. The union will train UFCW members, local union leaders and employers in the meat packing, poultry and food processing industries, as well as those who work in industries represented by the four UFCW Councils. Training topics will include hazards that present significant risk in these industries, including noise, machine guarding, lockout/tagout, ergonomics, chemicals and other occupational hazards with special emphasis on amputation cause and prevention; $162,794.

United Steel Workers of America, Pittsburgh, Penn. The grantee will continue to implement their "Health and Safety for Women of Steel in the 21st Century" project by providing training nationwide and distributing materials to members. Materials will be developed on ergonomics for health care workers and other industries, new OSHA requirements regarding safer needle devices, OSHA's revised recordkeeping rule, and using and comparing resources on chemical hazards and other topics as needed. Ergonomics materials will be translated into Spanish; $113,250.

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. The University's Environmental Training Institute will continue to expand its programs and services that address the ongoing need for training in lead safe worker practices, asbestos awareness, handling hazardous materials and work site safety. Its goal is to reach the broadest possible small business client base in an under served area, addressing the need to make workplace health and safety part of the workplace culture; $112,125.

NURSING HOMES (Renewal Grants)

Aging Research Institute, Topeka, Kan. The grantee will conduct two additional one-day train-the-trainer workshops that focus on ergonomic and bloodborne pathogen hazards to train teams from Kansas nursing homes. Teams attending the trainer courses will train at least half of the nursing home employees from their facility within three months of being trained. The course manual developed during the first year of their grant will be modified for use as both an in-service module and a new continuing education unit course on The Learning Network for Senior Services professional development; $105,870.

Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Ala. The college will continue to deliver an occupational health and safety raining program for nursing homes and intermediate care facility workers through its Safety Training Institute. The program will train 500 skilled nursing and intermediate care provider workers, supervisors, and managers; $90,000.

Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Springfield, Mass. In a collaborative initiative Western MassCOSH, MassCOSH, Service Employees International Union Local 285 and four nursing homes will continue to address health and safety hazards in nursing homes with particular emphasis on ergonomics. This program will involve extensive assessments, training, and health and safety committee building with the four committed Massachusetts nursing homes. This initiative will also be provided to ten other nursing homes in Massachusetts; $75,157.

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. Western New York COSH will continue to address the high rate of ergonomic and other injuries in the nursing home industry by providing worker and employer training on how to recognize and prevent health hazards. The project will train nursing home employees/employers from 60 facilities; $119,309.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Renewal Grant)

Board of Regents, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Neb. The Nebraska Small Business Development Center will take the safety and health training modules developed on key training topics identified by the Grain and Feed Association and create a website that will allow online training for all employees at grain handling facilities; $66,000.


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