OSHA Opens Grant Solicitation for $1.2 Million in Susan Harwood Training Grants

The US Department of Labor’s OSHA has announced that it is seeking applications for two types of training grants, with funds to be awarded totalling $1.2 million. The two types of grants available are Targeted Topic Training and Targeted Topic Training and Educational Materials Development.

OSHA has outlined the following topics for the grants: fall protection, grain handling operations, crane safety, workplace violence, hazard communication for chemical exposure, injury and illness prevention programs, and shipyard safety hazards. Under the Susan Harword Training Grants Program, the focus of these grants is to provide workers and employers with the tools and resources necessary to understand workplace hazards, control measures, and rights and responsibilities.

The grant was named in honour 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 developed OSHA standards to protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

The following are recognized as eligible applicants for the Susan Harwood Training Grants:

  • Non-profit, community, and faith-based organizations
  • Employer associations
  • Labour unions
  • Joint labour/management associations
  • Colleges and universities

These grants will come with a one year term focused on creating sustainable training programs and materials for those selected. Agencies of state and local governments will not be eligible but instiutions of higher education supported by state and local government can apply in accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 95.

Applications must be submitted by 4p.m. EDT on May 17, 2012.

Applicants must register before completing the application which can both be done at www.grants.gov. The process is considered to be quite involved and takes multiple days to complete, so eligible applicants are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible.

Visit the OSHA’s training grant website for more information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

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