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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: V-317
Jan. 8, 2001
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Application: Cynthia Bencheck
OSHA AWARDS $299,625 TO FOREST INDUSTRY SAFETY AND TRAINING ALLIANCE, INC. (FISTA), RHINELANDER, WISC., FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded $299,625 to the Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance Inc. (FISTA), Rhinelander, Wisc., for training on chainsaw safety, logging, mechanized safety, and log truck driver workshops.
The grant is one of 19 awarded to nonprofit organizations that will share more than $4.8 million. Some of the nation's most vulnerable workers will benefit from the latest round of OSHA training grants. The grantees will develop and deliver safety and health training programs for immigrant and contingent workers, small business employers and employees, and workers in high-risk jobs such as construction.
"Those most at risk of injury, illness or death on the job must be given the tools they need to protect themselves," said Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman. "These grants are an excellent investment, providing training in the first year to more than 22,000 workers and small business owners across the country."
The 19 new grantees include four universities or colleges; six employer associations and non-profit organizations representing the forest, nursing, construction and solid waste industries; seven unions and two labor-management councils.
The Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance, Inc. (FISTA) in Rhinelander, Wisc., will update training and develop materials on ergonomics hazards. The alliance will develop arborist workshops and a data collection system tracking injuries in the logging, sawmill and log truck industries. Future plans include safety workshops in the landscaping and tree planting industries and training materials for entry-level, non-English speaking and low literacy workers. The alliance will train 3,900 workers in six states.
"One of my top priorities has been the expansion of OSHA's outreach and education capabilities," said OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress. "These grants enable us to work with many partners to greatly increase the number of workers the agency can reach, especially those workers most in need of training and education to protect themselves against safety and health hazards on the job."
The new grantees were selected through a national competition announced last August. OSHA asked applicants to submit grant proposals to establish or expand their safety and health training and education capacity over a three-to-five year period. Grant recipients are expected to serve clients nationally or in multiple (five or more) states.
The grants may be funded for up to five years with an average first-year federal award of $250,000. Grantees must contribute a minimum of 10 percent for the first year of the grant. The non-federal matching share will increase by five percent each subsequent year of the award, for a maximum of 30 percent for grants extended to the fifth year.
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.
The new Harwood grantees are:
Communication Workers of America, Washington, D.C., $203,000; Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance, Inc. (FISTA), Rhinelander, Wisc., $299,000; Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund, Washington, D.C., $171,000; Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), College Station, Tex., $229,000; Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Braintree, Mass., $265,000; AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, D.C., $264,000; American Nurses Foundation (ANF), Washington, D.C., $261,000; American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C., $299,000; California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, San Francisco, Calif., $210,000; Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill., $274,000; International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C., $249,000; Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, $312,000; Labor Management Construction Safety Alliance, Boston, Mass., $420,000; Northwest Public Power Association, Richland, Wash., $376,695; Pennsylvania Foundry Association, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., $85,000; Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, New York, N.Y., $236,000; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, N.J., $221,000; St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., $355,000; The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Md., $75,000.
A complete listing of grantees with details on their training proposals is available on the OSHA website at www.osha.gov under training.
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