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Release Number: 11-816-NAT
June 15, 2011
Contact: Diana Petterson      Jesse Lawder
Phone: 202-693-1898      202-693-4659
Email: petterson.diana@dol.gov      lawder.jesse@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks applications for $4.7 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 $4.7 million is available to nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations, employer associations and labor unions. The grants will fund training for workers and employers to recognize workplace hazards and appropriate control measures, and to understand their rights and responsibilities under OSHA's regulations and standards.

"The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that businesses and workers are fully aware of health and safety rules," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The programs funded by these grants will supply small businesses, hard-to-reach workers and those in high-hazard industries with the knowledge and tools they need to support safe and healthful workplaces."

There are four types of safety and health training grants available: capacity building pilot; capacity building developmental; targeted topic training; and training and educational materials development.

Capacity building pilot grants are intended to assist organizations in assessing their needs and formulating a capacity building plan before moving forward with a full-scale safety and health education program. Capacity building developmental grants are for organizations that already provide occupational safety and health training, education and related assistance to their constituents, and are seeking to expand their capacity.

Targeted topic grants and training and educational material development grants support the development of quality training materials and programs for workers and employers addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies. Topics, which are designated by OSHA, include safe b