OSHA awards millions in safety and health training grants

On September 15, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 37 new recipients and 32 returning participants, including several nonprofits.

The grants support programs to provide in-person, hands-on training and education for workers and employers involved in industries with high injury and fatality rates. It will also provide training for those who may not be literate, young workers, and small businesses.

"No one should ever suffer injury or death for the sake of a paycheck," Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis stated. "This education and training will help ensure that every worker returns home safely at the end of his or her shift."

OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards organizations on a competitive basis. Solicitation for the program is a function of Congressional budgetary approval and appropriation by the Department of Labor (DOL).

The grant program provides employers with resources and information about unsafe working conditions, mitigation strategies, and their responsibilities. By receiving training, organizations will learn how to better enforce proper use of safety products and site-specific safety programs. The training aims to teach employers to recognize, avoid, and prevent hazards in the workplace.

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