OSHA Awards $10.5M in Safety, Health Training Grants to 80 Nonprofits

The grants require recipients to focus on safety and health topics designated by OSHA.

📅   Thu September 28, 2017 - National Edition


OSHA has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide.
OSHA has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide.

OSHA has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide.

The funding through the Susan Harwood Training Grants Program will provide education and training to help businesses and workers address workplace hazards and adopt best practices for avoiding workplace injuries.

The grants require recipients to focus on safety and health topics designated by OSHA. For Fiscal Year 2017, among other topics, these include chemical, electrical, excavation and grain handling hazards, fall prevention in the construction industry, and machinery and machine guarding hazards.

The Harwood program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities.

Some of the grant recipients include:

Evergreen Safety Council, Kirkland, Wash., $155,000, Construction Road Zones

The grantee proposes to provide 2 hours of construction road zone training to 788 workers. Target audience includes low-literate hard-to-reach workers. Training topics will include the construction road zone hazards. Grantee plans to develop training materials. Training will be offered in English.

Tree Care Industry Association, Inc., Londonderry N.H., $154,233, Electrical Hazards

The grantee proposes to provide 5.5 to 6.5 hours of electrical hazards in aerial lift operations training to 650 tree care workers. Target audience includes non-literate, low-literacy, or limited English proficiency workers, workers and employers in high-hazard industries and workers and employers in industries with high fatality rates. Training topics will include basic electric, identification of electrical conductors, avoidance techniques and emergency response and aerial lift safe operation. Grantee plans to use previously developed materials. Training will be offered in English and Spanish.

University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, $154,595, Excavation Hazards

The grantee proposes to provide 1.5 hours of excavation hazard training to 1,050 non-English speaking vulnerable workers within the construction industry. Target audience includes non English speaking construction workers. Training topics will include the OSHA standards, trench hazard identification, soil classification and testing, PPE, competent person responsibilities and emergency trench rescue. Grantee plans to use existing training materials and will convert them into Spanish. Training will be offered in English and Spanish.

Wayne State University, Detroit, $137,098, Excavation Hazards

Grantee proposes to provide 3 hours of excavation hazard training to 400 workers. Topics will include cave-ins and their causes, soil classification, cave-in protective systems and other excavation hazards. Target population will consist of operating engineers, construction and pipe laborers and other construction trades to include limited English speaking workers. New training materials will be developed with an online component. Training will be conducted in English and Spanish.

Job-Site Safety Institute, Raleigh, N.C., $150,700, Fall Prevention in Construction

The grantee proposes to provide 4 hours of fall prevention in construction training to 750 residential construction workers. Target audience includes non-literate, low-literacy, or limited English proficiency workers, workers and employers in high-hazard industries, workers and employers in industries with high fatality rates and workers and employers in new small business. Training topics will include falls from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, trusses, and steel erection. Grantee plans to use existing and develop new training materials. Training will be offered in English and Spanish.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, Alaska, $153,877, Multiple Topics

The grantee proposes to provide 2 to 10 hours of chemical hazards/hazard communication, construction road zones, electrical hazards, excavation hazards, fall prevention in construction and powered industrial trucks training to 310 water/wastewater and construction employees. Target audience includes water/wastewater operators and laborers, construction tradespeople, village administrators and environmental coordinators. Grantee plans to use existing training materials. Training will be offered in English.

Community Services & Employment Training, Inc., Visalia, Calif., $155,000, Multiple Topics

The grantee proposes to provide 4 hours of chemical hazard training to 320 trainees in high hazard industries including recycling and construction. Targeted topics include chemical hazards, electrical hazards, excavation hazards, fall prevention and machine guarding. Target audience includes young adults and workers and employers in small businesses. Grantee plans to use existing training materials and will revise or supplement as needed. Training will be offered in English.

Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., $74,647, Multiple Topics

The grantee proposes to provide 4 hours of electrical and excavation hazards, fall prevention and construction road zone training to 150 road construction workers. Target audience includes non-literate, low-literacy, or limited English proficiency workers, workers and employers in high hazard industries and workers and employers in industries with high fatality rates. Training topics will include basic electric, excavation protective measures, fall protection and work zone safety. Grantee plans to use existing training materials. Training will be offered in English and Spanish.

Workers Defense Project, Inc., Austin, Texas, $155,000, Multiple Topics (Construction)

The grantee proposes to provide 4 hours of training in multiple topics to 312 construction workers. Target audience includes workers and employers in industries with high fatality rates, temporary workers, minority and other hard-to-reach workers, workers and employers in high hazard industries, limited English, low-literacy, workers, and workers and employers in new small businesses. Training topics will include electrical hazards, excavation hazards and fall prevention in construction. Grantee plans to use existing training materials and revise/develop new materials. Training will be offered in English and Spanish.

American Road and Transportation Builders Association - Transportation Development Foundation, Washington, D.C.. $155,000. Construction Road Zones

The grantee proposes to provide 2 to 4 hours of construction work zone training to 800 trainees in the road construction industry. Target audience includes small businesses, minorities and hard-to-reach workers. Training topics will include the preventing backovers, runovers and development of internal traffic control plans. Grantee plans to use existing training materials. Training will be offered in English and Spanish.

For the full grantee list, visit the Quick Links section of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program website for information about the FY 2017 grant recipients.

For more information about the program, www.osha.gov.