National News Release USDL: 00-241
Contact: Frank Meilinger (202) 693-1999
Application: Cynthia Bencheck (847) 297-4810
OSHA ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR $4.7 MILLION IN SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING GRANTS
Proposals are being accepted until Oct. 27 for $4.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations for safety and health training under the Occupation Safety and Health Administration's Susan Harwood Training Grants program.
OSHA is seeking proposals that target immigrant, contingent and other vulnerable workers, small business employers and employees, and workers in jobs, with high-risk activities or hazards, such as the construction industry. These grants may be funded for up to five years with an average first-year federal award of $250,000.
Organizations that get the grants must contribute a minimum of 10 percent for the first year of the grant. The non-federal matching share will be increased by five percent each subsequent year of the award, for a maximum of 30 percent if a grant is extended to the fifth year.
Details about the grants and the application process are available in today's Federal Register. Grant application instructions may be obtained from the OSHA Office of Training and Education, Division of Training and Educational Programs, 1555 Times Drive, Des Plaines, ILL. 60018, telephone (847) 297-4810. The instructions are also available on the Internet at www.osha-slc.gov/Training/sharwood/sharwood.html.
Grant applications are due in the Des Plaines office by 4:30 p.m. Central time Oct. 27. Applications may be sent via fax to (847) 297-6636.
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 text of this news release is on the Internet World Wide Web at www.osha.gov. Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request, Voice phone: 202-693-1999.