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March 26, 2008
Contact: Sharon Worthy David Sims
Phone: 202-693-4676 202-693-1898

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA seeks applications for $6.7 million in new safety and health training grants

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in today's Federal Register that it is seeking applications for Susan Harwood Training Grants. OSHA awards funds to nonprofit organizations to provide training and education programs for employers and employees on safety and health topics selected by OSHA. Nonprofit organizations, including community- and faith-based organizations, that are not state or local government agencies, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 23, 2008.

Approximately $6.7 million is available for the Harwood targeted topic training grants. For this grant announcement, 18 training topics were selected. These include combustible dust; falls from scaffolds, ladders and roofs in construction; and food processing health hazards such as diacetyl exposures in popcorn and other food flavoring facilities. Grants will be awarded for a 12-month project performance period.

Applications for grants must be submitted electronically using the government-wide Web site. Applicants can complete this mandatory online registration at any time; however, registration must take place before beginning the application process. Grant applications must be received electronically by the system no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 23, 2008. No extensions of the deadline will be granted.

Any questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Cynthia Bencheck, program analyst, at, or Jim Barnes, director, Office of Training and Educational Programs at, telephone 847-297-4810. Further information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on OSHA's Web site at

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit


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