Region 2 News Release: NY195
October 1, 1999
Contact: Frank Kane
PHONE: (202) 693-1999
OSHA AWARDS MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROVIDE
SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING FOR 50,000 WORKERS AND MANAGERS
Recipients in New York City and Buffalo Included
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.
Included in the grants are two to organizations based in New York City and two to recipients in Buffalo, totaling $309,000.
"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."
An award of $88,000 goes to the Research Foundation of the City University of New York (Hunter College). Hunter College works jointly with the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union 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 will be trained nationwide.
An award of $90,000 to UNITE, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, 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 will be trained nationwide.
In Buffalo, $48,000 was awarded to the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health. 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 will be trained in New York state.
With a grant of $83,000, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York at Buffalo 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 will be trained.
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.
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