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Region 4 News Release: 08-1378-NAT (228)
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
University of Louisville Research Foundation receiving grant of more than $164,000

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.

The University of Louisville Research Foundation is receiving a $164,480 grant to develop and provide ergonomics training for managers and employees in small business foundries that will allow them to recognize, avoid, and prevent work-related injuries. The training will be presented to small business foundries in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, 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 programs that educate employees in industries with high hazard and fatality rates, employees with limited English proficiency, hard-to-reach employees and small business employers. The grants support training programs that address topics