Region 10 News Release: USDOL: 99-191
September 30, 1999
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Office: (206) 553-7620 TDD: (800) 676-8956
OSHA SELECTS WASHINGTON HEALTH FOUNDATION IN SEATTLE, WASH., TO CONDUCT HEALTH CARE SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAMS
SEATTLE - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded a $116,000 grant to Washington Health Foundation in Seattle, Wash., to provide training in health care services safety, the Department of Labor announced today.
OSHA awarded the grant to Washington Health Foundation to conduct programs on patient lifting and transfers 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. The goal is to train 708 workers in Washington state.
"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."
OSHA awarded a total of $4 million to 40 nonprofit groups nationwide to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. The grantees will develop educational materials and provide training on construction safety; ergonomics; food processing; health care services; logging safety; outreach and training to workers on their rights under OSHA; silica dust protection and preventing amputations in manufacturing.
"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 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.
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Editor's Note: For further information contact Greg Isaman at 206-553-5930.