On September 16, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded 70 organizations with $10.1 million in funding to provide workplace safety and health education programs through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The goal is to improve on-the-job safety throughout the country by providing hands-on, in-person training and supporting the development of new educational materials.
"These grants reflect the department's commitment to ensuring all workers and employers have the tools and skills to identify hazards and prevent injuries," explained Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "By further advancing a culture of workplace safety and health, we help to eliminate the false choice between enhancing workplace safety and productivity."
A wide variety of organizations received these grants, such as not-for-profits, labor unions, colleges, community groups, and management associations. Groups expected to benefit from this funding include small businesses, employers and workers in dangerous industries, and vulnerable employees who may be more likely to be hurt on the job. Considered one of OSHA’s most essential tools for reaching at-risk employees, The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program has trained approximately 1.9 million workers since 1978.
Help promote a culture of safety in the workplace by providing employees with the training they need to identify hazards, reduce risks, and use safety supplies properly.