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Region 10 News Release: OSHA-02-196
Oct. 1, 2002
Contact: Bill WRight
Grants Office: Cynthia Bencheck
For Safety And Health Training Programs
WASHINGTON -- OSHA has awarded more than $11 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 64 nonprofit organizations for safety and health training programs, including two in Washington state. Building Trades Labor Management Organization of Washington State, in Olympia, Wash., received an $186,968 Construction renewal grant and Northwest Public Power Association of Vancouver, Wash., received a $329,270 Electrical Power, Transmission & Distribution renewal grant.
"Education is the foundation for ensuring safety and health in the workplace," said U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "And these grants will help deliver that education -- through training and compliance assistance -- which contributes to our mission of protecting America's workers from being injured on the job."
This year OSHA awarded two categories of grants: Targeted Topic Grants support training in the recognition and prevention of ergonomic hazards in industries with high rates of ergonomic injuries; homeland security programs that train workers and employers on preparing to respond to emergency situations in the workplace; Institutional Competency Building Grants help nonprofit organizations to expand safety and health training, education and outreach to assist workers on an ongoing basis.
"Outreach and education are important tools for us to use in reducing injuries and illnesses," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The grants will help these organizations train employees in targeted occupational safety and health topics, and develop materials and curricula that will be made available to others so that a larger audience can benefit in the future."
Of the 64 grants made, 20 of them are to new grantees that were selected through a national competition announced in May. The remaining 44 awards are one-year extensions of existing grants.
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.
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