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Region 3 News Release: USDL: III-00-09-11-07-PGH
Mon., Sept. 11, 2000
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Office: (215) 861-5102
UNITED STEEL WORKERS OF AMERICA IN PITTSBURGH, PA RECEIVE NATIONAL OSHA GRANT FOR HEALTH & TRAINING PROGRAM TARGETING WOMEN
The United Steel Workers of America, Pittsburgh, Pa., was one of 53 nonprofit organizations awarded approximately $8 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Announced by U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman, the grants are designed to administer safety and health training programs. The Steel Workers will receive $151,000.
"Education and training are the cornerstones of reducing workplace injuries and illnesses," said Secretary Herman. "These grants provide valuable tools to protect America's workers and promote a greater understanding of ways to avoid occupational risks."
The Harwood grants go to organizations that propose to educate workers and employers in small businesses; train workers and employers about new OSHA standards; or teach workers and employees about high risk activities or hazards either identified in OSHA's strategic plan or as part of an OSHA special emphasis program.
The Pittsburgh grant will fund a "Health and Safety for Women of Steel" project to develop curricula and train women members in the steel mills, nursing homes and circuit board manufacturing companies. The steelworkers will conduct training sessions at district and international union conferences and at job sites. The union will develop materials in Spanish, English and Vietnamese.
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 blood borne pathogens, cotton bust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.
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