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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release

Trade News Release: OSHA: 99-2
Friday, January 29, 1999
Contact: Bill Wright, OSHA Public Affairs, (202) 693-1999


Eighteen workers died on the job at the nation's shipyards in 1997. The shipyard industry, as a whole, recorded more than 22,000 worker injury and illness cases during that same year. Many of those injuries and fatalities can be avoided through proper training and education.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is awarding $500,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations to do just that. The grants provide funds to train workers and employers to recognize, avoid and prevent safety and health hazards in the workplace. This particular grant is geared toward recognition and avoidance of shipyard-related hazards.

"Shipyards is one of five high-hazard industries we're focusing on to reduce occupational injury and illness rates," said Charles N. Jeffress, assistant secretary for OSHA. "The training available through these grants is an important part of improving workplace safety and health. The program provides workers and employers the opportunity to work together in learning ways to avoid serious occupational risks."

Applicants must address one of the following shipyard safety and health topics: shipbuilding and ship repair, or shipbreaking/ship scrapping. The areas of primary concern for both topics are confined space entry, respiratory protection, welding, fire protection, fall protection, crane safety, asbestos removal, lead abatement, electrical safety, and hazard communication. Other safety and health topics can be covered; however, grants should emphasize the topics of primary concern.

OSHA awarded nearly $4 million in grants last September for ergonomics, construction, silica in general industry, food processing, scaffolding, workplace violence, logging, worker outreach, and small business safety and health. The grants are named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, the director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's health standards directorate who died in 1996 after a distinguished career of service to her profession. The grants emphasize three areas:

  • Educating workers and employers in small businesses (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 the priority planning process or as part of an OSHA special emphasis program.

Grantees must develop training and/or educational programs that address topics named by OSHA, recruit workers and employers for the training, and conduct the actual training. They will also be expected to follow up with people trained to determine what, if any, changes were made to reduce hazards in the workplaces as a result of the training.

Applications are reviewed by OSHA staff. The results are presented to Assistant Secretary Jeffress who selects organizations to be awarded the grants. OSHA will give preference to applicants who address multiple shipyard safety and health subjects. For example, an application which addresses respiratory protection, welding, and fire protection would be preferred over one that addresses only welding. Additionally, preference is shown to those applicants who plan to conduct train-the-trainer programs, and who will train managers and/or supervisors. In general, applications that propose to serve a single employer will not be selected, since OSHA is interested in reaching multiple employers with each grant awarded.

Grant recipients must contribute at least a 20 percent matching share of the total grant received, which may be in-kind, rather than a cash contribution. All grants are awarded for a 12-month period and may be renewed if first year performance is satisfactory.

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: www.osha-slc.gov/Training/sharwood/sharwood.html. Applications should be mailed to the above address and must be received by March 26, 1999. Applications can also be faxed to (847) 297-4874. Organizations selected will be contacted by an OSHA representative; those not selected will be notified in writing.

The OSHA Office of Training and Education will hold a grants conference on Feb. 18, 1999 from 9:30 a.m. till noon at the above address to assist potential applicants in understanding the grant program in general, and the grant topics, in particular. Persons interested in attending should contact Ronald Mouw or Don Guerra at (847) 297-4810. Conference attendance is not mandatory for grant consideration.

Notice of this grant availability is in the Jan. 29, 1999 Federal Register.

(Editor's Note: See attached fact sheet for additional information on grants program).

This news release text is on the Internet World Wide Web at http://www.osha.gov/ under media releases. Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.

OSHA 1999 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program for Shipyards Additional Information

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Any nonprofit organization that is not an agency of a state or local government is eligible to apply. However, state or local government-supported institutions of higher education are eligible. Applicants other than state or local government-supported institutions of higher education will be required to submit evidence of nonprofit status, preferably from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

On what can grant funds be spent?

  • Conducting training.

  • Conducting other activities that reach and inform workers and employers about occupational safety and health hazards and hazard abatement.

  • Developing educational materials for use in the training.

Are there restrictions on how grant funds can be spent?

OSHA will not provide funding for the following activities:

  1. Any activity inconsistent with the goals and objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970;
  2. Training involving workplaces not covered by the OSH Act. Examples include state and government workers in non-State Plan States and workers covered by section 4(b)(1) of the Act (employees of other Federal agencies that have their own safety and health regulations);

  3. Production, publication, reproduction or use of training and educational materials, including newsletters and instructional programs, that have not been reviewed by OSHA for technical accuracy;

  4. Activities that address issues other than recognition, avoidance, and prevention of unsafe or unhealthy working conditions. Examples include workers= compensation, first aid, and publication of materials prejudicial to labor or management;

  5. Activities that provide assistance to workers in arbitration cases or other actions against employers, or that provide assistance to employers and/or workers in the prosecution of claims against federal, state or local governments;

  6. Activities that directly duplicate services offered by OSHA, a state under an OSHA-approved state plan, or consultation programs provided by state-designated agencies under 7(c)(1) of the OSH Act; and

  7. Activities intended to generate membership in the grantee's organization. This includes activities to acquaint nonmembers with the benefits of membership, inclusion of membership appeals in materials produced with grant funds, and membership drives.

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