Trade News Release
June 16, 1999
Contact: Jo Anne Burgoyne
PHONE : (202) 693-1999
OSHA AWARDS $339,000 IN SHIPYARD TRAINING GRANTS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today awarded $339,000 in grants to five organizations to develop and conduct training programs on the recognition and avoidance of safety and health hazards for workers in small shipyards.
The awards are part of an annual series, the Susan Harwood Training Grants, made by OSHA to safety and health organizations, employer associations, educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations.
"These grants will provide much needed safety and health training for workers in a high hazard industry," Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Charles N. Jeffress said. "The shipyard industry is one of five high hazard areas that OSHA has targeted for a 15 percent reduction in injuries and illnesses."
Grants of $100,000 each were awarded to Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Ala., and Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Fla. The South Central Planning and Development Commission, Thibodaux, La., received $71,000; National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Mass., received $40,000; and the Shipbuilders Council of America, Arlington, Va., received $28,000.
In September OSHA will award approximately $1.8 million in Harwood safety grants for health services, construction, and the prevention of amputations in manufacturing.
The grants are named for Susan Harwood, who died in 1996; she was an OSHA employee for 17 years and the former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in the agency's Health Standards Directorate. Among the standards that Harwood worked on during her career were tuberculosis, bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.
(Editors: Attached is a list of the grantees, with a brief description of their program. Contact the person listed for more specific information about their organization's grant.)
New Shipyard Training Grantees
Bishop State Community College - $100,000
The college will train workers, managers and supervisors from five shipyards within 70 miles of Mobile, Ala. Based on individual analysis, a unique training program will be developed for each work site. The Gulf Coast Maritime Safety Association will assist in recruiting efforts.
Florida Community College - $100,000
The college's Geis Marine Center will train safety supervisors and workers at nearby shipyards. The train-the-trainer curriculum for supervisors includes 10 hours of teaching techniques and 15 hours of safety and health training. Supervisors will then train workers during 10-hour safety and health classes.
National Fire Protection Association - $40,000
The association will train shipyard employees at four sites. The Marine Field Advisory Committee and the Shipbuilders Council with assist with recruitment efforts. They will expand an existing one-day confined space seminar to include respiratory protection, hot work hazards and hazard communication. Ten, eight-hour sessions will be conducted over the course of several days.
South Central Planning and Development Commission - $71,000
Using a professional training consultant firm, the commission will train two persons from each of thirty local shipyards. Following a six-day train-the-trainer course, each shipyard will train ten workers at the work site. After training is completed trainers will discuss training issues and evaluate results during two workshops.
Shipbuilders Council of America - $28,000
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The council, in conjunction with a Houston video firm, will develop an introductory safety and health video in English and Spanish for shipyard workers. The video, based on the council's existing safety program, will be filmed at small local shipyards and made available to 231 shipyards.
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