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Region 4 News Release: 08-1378-NAT (230)
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
Home Builders Association of South Carolina receiving grant of more than $173,000

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 Home Builders Association of South Carolina is receiving a $173,163 grant to develop and present two-hour training sessions on falls from scaffolds, ladders, and roofs in residential construction. The training and training materials would be offered in both English and Spanish to the approximately 600 members in the homebuilding industry in South Carolina.

"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