October 4, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has distributed more than $ 11.6 million in grants to 93 nonprofits nationwide to fund education and training on hazard recognition and prevention, and on workers’ rights to safe workplaces and the responsibilities of employers to provide them.
Derived from Susan Harwood’s Occupational Safety and Health Training Program, the grants are in the categories Targeted Thematic Training, Development of Training Materials and Training, and Capacity Building. OSHA considers grants to be essential to its efforts to educate workers and help employers.
OSHA provides these grants to not-for-profit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, labor-management associations, colleges, and universities. Target interns include small business employers and vulnerable, underserved workers in high-risk industries.
The grants honor the late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment. During a 17-year career with the agency, she helped develop federal standards to protect workers against bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde , asbestos and lead in construction.