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Region 8 News Release: OSHA 02-44
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002
Contact: Bill Wright
Grants Office: Cynthia Bencheck,
$95,576 Grant For Safety And Health Training Program
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks a $95,576 grant extension as part of more than $11 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 64 nonprofit organizations nationwide for safety and health training programs.
The Institutional Competency Building Grant to UND-Grand Forks is designed help nonprofit organizations to expand safety and health training, education and outreach to assist workers on an ongoing basis.
Primary areas of emphasis for the grants are ergonomics, responding to workplace emergencies, and training for small businesses and non-English speaking workers. Many of the grants include development of training materials, which can be used by other organizations in their training programs.
"Education is the foundation for ensuring safety and health in the workplace," said U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "And these grants will help deliver that education -- through training and compliance assistance -- which contributes to our mission of protecting America's workers from being injured on the job."
This year, in addition to the Institutional Competency Building Grant, OSHA also awarded Targeted Topic Grants which support training in the recognition and prevention of ergonomic hazards in industries with high rates of ergonomic injuries; homeland security programs that train workers and employers on preparing to respond to emergency situations in the workplace;
"Outreach and education are important tools for us to use in reducing injuries and illnesses," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The grants will help these organizations train employees in targeted occupational safety and health topics, and develop materials and curricula that will be made available to others so that a larger audience can benefit in the future."
Of the 64 grants made, 20 of them are to new grantees that were selected through a national competition announced in May. The remaining 44 awards are one-year extensions of existing grants.
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.
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