On September 11, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded 72 non-profit organizations $10.7 million through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.
The program was designed to provide training and education for workers and employers with a focus on recognition, avoidance, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards. Since 1978, more than 1.8 million workers have received the training.
"The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that workers and employers are provided education and training on identifying and preventing serious workplace hazards," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The grants awarded by the federal government today will provide workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries with important tools to identify and eliminate such hazards."
About $785,000 was awarded in new Capacity Building Developmental grants, which were given to organizations that have previously proven their ability to provide safety and health training, education, and related assistance to employers and their workers in high-hazard industries. Another $1.6 million was awarded for Targeted Topic Training, and Training and Educational Materials Development, while $8.3 million was granted for FY 2011 Capacity Building Development.
OSHA awards the grants to programs designed to lower the number of work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 3,063,400 recordable cases of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2010. Ensure your workers are equipped with appropriate safety products, such as fall protection, hard hats, and work gloves, to help prevent workplace accidents.