WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded approximately $12.7 million in grants to 100 non-profit organizations across the nation to support education and training to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, employ injury prevention and understand workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under federal law.
Funded through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, the grants are being awarded in three categories, namely Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development and Capacity Building grants.
“The award of Susan Harwood Training Grants remind us of Dr. Harwood’s important contributions to making our nation’s workplaces safer and healthier for countless U.S. workers,” said Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su. “Dr. Harwood’s dedication to educating workers and employers continues to inspire those of us at the Department of Labor and those whose organizations will use these grants to help save lives.”
The program’s name and purpose reflect the legacy of the former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment. In 17 years with OSHA, the late Dr. Harwood was instrumental in developing federal standards that today protect people from workplace hazards, including asbestos, benzene, bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, formaldehyde and lead.
“These grants are one of our most effective resources for providing training and education to hard-to-reach workers in high-hazard industries. More than a third of the awardees will be conducting training in the south, improving our training footprint in an area with a large, underserved workforce,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “Training should be a key part of ensuring vulnerable workers are in safe and healthy environments and that they feel safe at work.”
OSHA awards grants to non-profit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, Native American tribes and local and state-sponsored colleges and universities. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries.
Many of the recipients of fiscal year 2023 Susan Harwood Training Grants will provide training and education in their regions and across the nation. They are listed by category as follows:
Targeted Topic Training recipients
South Arkansas College
University of California San Diego
Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association
Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Community Services & Employment Training Inc.
Construction Education Foundation of Colorado
LIUNA Training and Education Fund
American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Associated Farmworkers Opportunity Program
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Florida International University Board of Trustees
Georgia Tech Research Corp.
OSAP Foundation Inc.
Iowa State University of Science and Technology
University of Iowa
Northern Illinois University
Chicagoland Construction Safety Council
Latino Worker Safety Center
William Rainey Harper College
Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana Inc.
LeadingAge Kansas Foundation
University of Southern Maine
Brazilian Worker Center Inc.
Great Lakes Safety Training Center
Catholic Charities Southeast Michigan
Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals Inc.
Minnesota Hospital Association
Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
Tree Care Industry Association Inc.
Applied Labor Employment Studies Institute
Education & Training Institute Inc.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Work Environment Council of NJ Inc.
Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology
Restaurant Opportunities Center United Inc.
World Care Center
Mohawk Valley Community College
Western North Carolina Workers’ Center
University of Cincinnati
Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health
University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
National Association of Tower Erectors
University of Texas at Arlington
Compacion Foundation Inc.
National Center for Farmworker Health Inc.
Organization of Hispanic Contractors
El Paso Community College District
University of Texas at El Paso
South Texas College
University of Texas at San Antonio
Texas State University
Associated General Contractors of America
American Traffic Safety Services Association
Legal Aid Justice Center
Timber Products Manufacturers Inc.
Marshall University Research Corp.
West Virginia University Research Corp.