Trade News Release
Tuesday, April 6, 1999
Contact: Helen Beall (847) 297-4810
OSHA OFFERS NEARLY $2 MILLION IN WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION GRANTS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced it is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for $1.8 million in grants to conduct safety and health training in the workplace.
"Sound safety and health training is essential to reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace," said OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress. "These grants provide the necessary resources for organizations to develop cutting edge and effective safety and health training programs in areas that need it most."
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 17-year career, Harwood helped develop OSHA standards in bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos, and lead in construction.
This year's awards will focus on three topics based on the injuries and illnesses in selected industries identified in OSHA's strategic plan--health services, construction, and preventing amputations in manufacturing. Successful applicants will address one or more of the following areas:
Educating workers and employers in small businesses with 250 or fewer workers.
Training workers and employers about new OSHA standards.
Training workers and employers about high-risk activities or hazards identified by OSHA through its strategic plan, or as part of an OSHA special emphasis program.
Grantees will be expected to recruit workers and employers for the training, and conduct the training. They also will be required to follow up with people trained to find out what changes were made to reduce hazards in their workplaces as a result of the training.
After the grant applications are reviewed by OSHA staff, the results will be presented to Jeffress, who will select the awardees.
Preference will be given to applicants who plan to conduct train-the-trainer programs. Applicants are encouraged to include managers and/or supervisors in their training. In general, applications that propose to serve a single employer will not be selected, because OSHA is interested in reaching multiple employers.
The average grant will be $125,000, and recipients must contribute at least a 20 percent matching share, which may be in-kind rather than a cash contribution. The duration of each grant is 12 months and may be renewed.
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, IL 60018. The instructions are also available on the Internet at http://www.osha-slc.gov/Training/sharwood/apply.html.
The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Central time, Friday, May 28, 1999.
Applications are to be mailed to the Division of Training and Educational Programs at the above address, phone: (847) 297-4810. Applications may be sent by fax to (847) 297-4874.
Notice of the grant availability is published in April 6, 1999 Federal Register.
Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired
individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-1999.