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Region 2 News Release: 08-1385-NEW/BOS 2008-275
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
New York union to receive $149,000 to train poultry processing employees

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 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in New York, N.Y. It will receive $149,225 to conduct training sessions for poultry processing employees and supervisors on emergency preparedness and response including pandemic flu preparation. Training will be conducted in English and Spanish and will reach approximately 1,200 individuals working at poultry plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

"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