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National News Release
Thursday, Sept.30,1999
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OSHA awards more than $4 million in grants to provide safety and health training for 50,000 workers and managers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today awarded $4,177,000 in Susan Harwood Training Grants to conduct safety and health training programs for more than 50,000 workers, supervisors and employers nationwide.

"These grants educate and train employers and workers in ways to reduce injuries and illnesses," Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman said. "The programs funded will go a long way to achieving our goal of a safe and healthful workplace for all Americans."

Forty grants are being awarded. Sixteen of the grantees were selected through a national competition open to all nonprofit organizations. The remaining 24 awards are extensions of existing grants for another year.

"Many of the grants will focus on the injuries and illnesses in selected industries identified by OSHA's strategic plan - construction, health services and preventing amputations in manufacturing," said Assistant Secretary of Labor Charles N. Jeffress. "Others will provide training on such significant topics as ergonomics, food processing safety and silica hazards in general industry."

The 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 career, Harwood helped develop OSHA standards to protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

The 16 new grants are:

Construction Safety: Construction Advancement Foundation of Hammond, Ind., $88,000; Construction Education Foundation of Rosslyn, Va., $113,000; Construction Safety Council of Hillside, Ill., $156,000; Labor Users Contractors Committee of Roseville, Minn., $96,000; Marshall University Research Corp. of Huntington, W. V., $130,000; Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund of Washington, D.C., $167,000.

Health Services: AFSCME Training and Education Institute of Washington, D. C., $156,000; Shirley Ware Education Center of Health Care Workers Local 250, SEIU, of Oakland, Calif., $141,000; Riverside Management and Rehabilitation of Bolivar, Mo., $96,000; Visiting Nurse Association of Dallas, $98,000; Washington Health Foundation of Seattle, Wash., $116,000.

Preventing Amputations: Columbus State University of Columbus, Ga., $36,000; International Union, UAW, of Detroit, $165,000; Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, Mo., $98,000; South Alabama Chapter, National Safety Council, of Mobile, Ala., $94,000; Western Iowa Tech Community College of Sioux City, Iowa, $90,000.

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The grantees selected, the subject areas they cover, number of persons to be trained, and amounts of awards are as follows:


Construction Advancement Foundation, Hammond, Ind. The foundation will develop training materials and programs for a train-the-trainer course and a worker training course on fall protection for member contractors; 290 to be trained in northwest Indiana; $88,000.

Construction Education Foundation, Rosslyn, Va. The foundation, the educational arm of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., will upgrade existing materials and provide training on fall protection for master trainers and local trainers and their trainees; 1,464 will be trained nationwide; $113,000.

Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill. The council will update fall prevention materials developed under a previous OSHA grant and use the materials to train workers in fall hazard awareness and supervisors in fall protection management. The council also will train trainers and instructors; 518 will be trained nationwide; $156,000.

Labor Users Contractors Committee, Roseville, Minn. The staff will develop a training module on fall protection and conduct train-the-trainer training. The new trainers will train construction managers, supervisors and journeymen on fall protection systems and train apprentices in personal fall arrest systems; 2,130 will be trained in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area; $96,000.

Marshall University Research Corp., Huntington, W.VA. The university, in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperative Fund and the Finishing Contractors Association, will update and expand an existing fall protection course and train trainers to deliver the course and will also develop an employer compliance packet to direct employers in a training program; 2,300 will be trained nationwide; $130,000.

Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund, Washington, D.C. The Roofers will develop a fall protection module for classroom training, for inclusion in the union's health and safety manual and for computer-based training. The union will train trainers to conduct the course through both classroom and computer-based training; 450 will be trained nationwide; $167,000.

CONSTRUCTION (Renewal Grants)

AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, D.C. Highway construction training to prevent workers from being struck by vehicles and equipment during road construction and repair. The program involves training trainers and polling trainees to see how many are preplanning traffic controls in work zones; 450 to be trained nationwide; $112,000.

Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill. Training in construction electrical hazards to reduce the incidence of inadvertent contacts by construction workers with energized power lines. The project also trains trainers. The Council also will work with the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers on offering power line hazard courses; 616 to be trained nationwide; $96,000.

Marshall University, Huntington, W.VA.. Joint project of university and the International Brotherhood of Painters to utilize the union's trainers to train workers and supervisors in how to reduce worker exposure to lead and silica when working on bridge repair; 2,200 to be trained nationwide; $85,000.

Montana Operating Engineers and AGC Joint Training Trust, East Helena, Mont. Outreach training to construction employers, supervisors and workers to raise their awareness of hazards of overhead power line contacts. Program will include training additional trainers, classes at nine locations throughout Montana, on-the-job toolbox talks and distribution of awareness materials; 231 to be trained in Montana; $18,000.

National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill. Delivering train-the-trainer programs on control and abatement of hazards in highway construction. The Council will provide trainers with updated materials as they train workers on construction sites; 270 to be trained nationwide; $107,000.

ERGONOMICS (Renewal Grants)

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, San Francisco, Calif. The grantee will train union members and staff from a variety of industries as ergonomics trainers. They will train co-workers at the work site about ergonomic hazards and hazard abatement; 640 to be trained in California; $77,000.

Communications Workers of America, Washington, D.C. Continuation of a project to train trainers to train video display terminal operators about ergonomics awareness. The program will train new trainers and provide update training for current trainers; 2,254 to be trained nationwide; $108,000.

Research Foundation of the City University of New York (Hunter College), New York, N.Y. Hunter College works jointly with the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE) to conduct training to reduce the high and rising incidence of musculoskeletal disorders among the paperworker members. It will conduct train-the-trainer courses so training can be conducted for workers at workplaces in the paper industry; 1,855 to be trained nationwide; $88,000.

Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, New York, N.Y. Continues an ongoing project that trains workers as trainers so they can provide information about ergonomics to other workers in their locals. The project also will conduct advanced workshops for individuals who were trained earlier; 2,095 to be trained nationwide; $90,000.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Washington, D.C. The union will continue to train nursing home workers and other health care workers on back injury prevention and ergonomics. It also will conduct training for workers in retail food stores and food warehouses on ergonomic hazards; 274 to be trained nationwide; $43,000.

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif. The grantee will continue to train processing workers in the poultry and fish processing sectors on the ergonomic hazards of their work. It will work with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and employers to reach the target population of Spanish-speaking workers in the ethnic food and meat sectors of the food processing industry. A train-the trainer course for union and management representatives also will be provided; 370 to be trained in California; $56,000.

University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Conn. The university, working with coalitions for occupational safety and health (COSH groups) in four New England states, will continue to conduct ergonomics awareness training for workers. It will also train ergonomic awareness teams from selected industries; 1,070 will be trained in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island; $78,000.

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Buffalo, N.Y. The grantee, working with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, the Central New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, and the Rochester Council on Occupational Safety and Health, will continue to conduct ergonomics training for members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters who work in grocery warehouses; 610 to be trained in New York state; $48,000.

FOOD PROCESSING (Renewal Grants)

North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Project, Durham, N.C. The grantee will continue training in Spanish and English on ergonomic and other hazards for workers and supervisors in the red meat and poultry processing industry in small and medium-size plants; 1,020 workers to be trained in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; $70,000.

Safety and Health Council of Greater Omaha, Omaha, Neb. The program focuses on unique hazards for workers in the red meat industry and includes a four-hour safety awareness course in English and Spanish, a train-the-trainer course, and a video in English and Spanish; 270 to be trained in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota; $50,000.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Washington, D.C. The union will continue to train workers and employers about hazards in meat and poultry processing plants. It also will develop training tailored to the needs of safety and health committees, train maintenance employees on anhydrous ammonia issues, and develop a red meat/poultry safety and health manual on the Internet; 175 to be trained nationwide; $82,000.

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. The grantee will continue to provide training about hazards and hazard abatement in poultry processing plants for Spanish-speaking workers and supervisors; 430 to be trained in Alabama; $60,000.


AFSCME Training and Education Institute, Washington, D.C. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees will conduct train-the-trainer sessions for health care worker members and training courses for other health care workers. Topics will include preventing needlestick injuries, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis, ergonomics and latex allergy. The union will develop materials and pamphlets on each of these subjects; 1,260 to be trained nationwide; $156,000.

Shirley Ware Education Center, Health Care Workers Local 250, SEIU, Oakland, Calif. Local 250 of the Service Employees International Union will conduct an ergonomics injury prevention program for nursing home workers and a program to educate health care workers about bloodborne pathogens, needlestick prevention and the new California law to prevent sharps injuries. Both programs will be presented as train-the-trainer courses so that additional workers can be trained; 556 to be trained in California; $141,000.

Riverside Management and Rehabilitation, Bolivar, Mo. The grantee will provide workshops and on-site evaluation visits to nursing homes. It will give training in the elements of a safety and health program to management staff at each facility. Each nursing home will be expected to establish or enhance its safety and health program; 300 to be trained in Missouri; $96,000.

Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, Dallas, Tex. The association will conduct train-the-trainer seminars in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for administrative personnel from nursing homes. The training will cover safety and health programs, bloodborne pathogens and ergonomics. It will conduct a follow-up telephone survey to evaluate the implementation of safety and health programs and the effect of the training on workplace injuries and illnesses; 250 to be trained in North Central Texas; $98,000.

Washington Health Foundation, Seattle, Wash. The foundation, in cooperation with its worker compensation provider, will conduct a patient lifting and transfer program for Washington State Hospital Association members. Trainer and worker training will be given at six pilot sites, at least half of which will be nursing homes; 708 to be trained in Washington; $116,000.

LOGGING (Renewal Grants)

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash. The program will continue to work with logging associations to recruit loggers for safety training that will be conducted at logging sites and will emphasize OSHA standards. The program will also conduct train-the-trainer training and assist logging firms to establish safety and health programs; 960 to be trained in Northern Idaho and Washington; $81,000.

Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council, Tomahawk, Wis. The grantee will use the Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance (FISTA) to conduct in-woods training on such topics as chainsaw safety and mechanized logging operations and classroom sessions focusing on the OSHA standard; 3,580 to be trained in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; $108,000.

Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council, Berlin, Vt. The grantee will provide administrative direction to the Yankee Forest Safety Network, which includes forestry and logging safety organizations. The network will train loggers and managers and, following training, conduct safety visits at their worksites to help them improve logging safety practices and assess the effectiveness of the training; 220 to be trained in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; $135,000.


Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Hartford, Conn. The grantee will administer a coalition of 19 committees for occupational safety and health (COSH groups). Each COSH group will train trainers who will then train temporary workers, immigrants and teenagers about worker rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the whistleblower provisions administered by OSHA. Worker information materials in English and nine other languages are being developed; 3,960 to be trained in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin;$468,000.

Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. The grantee, through its Labor Occupational Health Program, will use materials developed in its first year to continue training youth about their OSHA rights, responsibilities and whistleblower protections. LOHP will work with youth agencies funded by the Job Training and Partnership Act to train trainers; 8,200 will be trained in California; $120,000.


Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga. The university will provide train-the-trainer and worker courses on ergonomics, lockout/tagout, machine guarding and proper attire while operating machinery. Students in the trainer course will develop a training program for their company in English and Spanish, if necessary; 200 to be trained in Georgia and Alabama; $36,000.

International Union, UAW, Detroit, Mich. UAW staff and worker trainers will deliver training on machine guarding, lockout/tagout, ergonomics and powered industrial truck safety to joint labor-management groups at the worksite. The project will also develop and train safety and health committees at small companies; 880 to be trained nationwide; $165,000.

Metropolitan Community Colleges, Kansas City, Mo. The program will target small businesses that have manufacturing operations that include shears, slitters, saws, slicers and power presses. The college will conduct train-the-trainer and worker courses; 250 to be trained in the Kansas City area; $98,000.

South Alabama Chapter, National Safety Council, Mobile, Ala. The council will develop a training program covering ergonomics, hand power tools, lockout/tagout and machine guarding. It will conduct a train-the-trainer course for employers and managers; 7,470 to be trained in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi; $94,000.

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa. The college will train workers to avoid amputation hazards as well as recruit small companies to participate in a train-the-trainer program. The grantee will also conduct safety audits for participating companies; 500 to be trained in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska; $90,000.


Pennsylvania Foundrymen's Association, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. The association provides training for managers from small foundries to train workers about silica dust protection. It also will provide training for workers, and conducts air-monitoring at foundries to train management on how to monitor workplaces. It also is developing a website that provides information about silica hazards and monitoring; 400 to be trained in Pennsylvania; $74,000.

Research Foundation of the State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y. The university will train workers and managers at small businesses in the New York City/ New Jersey area to recognize silica hazards and to provide worker protection. Classes will include training using respirators and monitoring equipment. The university will conduct train-the-trainer and worker training; 330 in New York and New Jersey to be trained; $83,000.

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