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OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

Posted in on Tue, May 21, 2013

From OSHA –

US Department of Labor’s OSHA seeks applications for $1.5 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, through which a total of $1.5 million is available to nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations; employer associations; labor unions; joint labor/management associations; and colleges and universities. The grants will fund training and education for workers and employers in recognizing workplace safety and health hazards and prevention measures, and understanding their rights and responsibilities….

Two types of safety and health training grants will be awarded through this announcement: targeted topic training grants, and training and educational materials development grants.

Both types of grants are for one year, and will support the development of quality training materials and programs addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies for workers and employers. OSHA has designated the following topics: fall protection in construction, agricultural safety including grain handling operations, hair and nail salon hazards, ergonomic hazards, hazard communication for chemical exposure, injury and illness prevention programs, and workplace violence. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy workers in high-hazard industries.

Agencies of state and local governments are not eligible to apply for these grants. However, state and local government-supported institutions of higher education may apply in accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 95.

The solicitation for grant applications is available at http://www.grants.gov. Applicants must register prior to completing the application. They are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible, as it takes multiple days to complete.

Applications must be submitted and received electronically no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 13. No extensions of the deadline will be granted.

OSHA has developed a webinar to assist prospective applicants in understanding the application process. The webinar will be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, on OSHA’s website at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2013_solicitation.html during the solicitation period.

More information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on OSHA’s website at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html.  Questions from the public should be directed to Heather Wanderski or Jim Barnes at harwoodgrants@dol.gov or 847-759-7700.

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