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Region 1 News Release: 08-1384-BOS/BOS 2008-274
Tues., Sept. 30, 2008
Contact: Sharon Worthy David Sims
Phone: 202-693-4676 202-693-1898

U.S. Labor Department awards $6.7 million in safety and health training grants
Maine organization to receive $190,000 to address shipbreaking hazards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today awarded $6.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 36 recipients encompassing labor unions, community colleges and other nonprofit organizations for safety and health training and educational programs.

Among the recipients is the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, based in So. Portland, Maine. It will receive $190,099 to provide Shipbreaking Safety and Health training at maritime installations in Brownsville, Texas, the hub of shipbreaking activity in the United States. Sixteen hours of training will be conducted for 30 supervisors and managers, and 1-to-2 hours of training will be conducted for 500 employees from shipbreaking industries. Employee training will also be offered in Spanish.

"Education is the cornerstone for assuring safe and healthful work environments," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "The Susan Harwood grants will assist these organizations and academic institutions in educating employers and employees on ways to prevent safety and health hazards in the workplace."

The Susan Harwood Training Grants support workplace safety and health training programs