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OSHA awards $10.1 million in training grants to nonprofits (10/2)

OSHA has awarded more than $10.1 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 55 nonprofit organizations for safety and health training and educational programs.

"Outreach and education are at the heart of our compliance assistance efforts for employers and employees," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "The Harwood grants will help OSHA expand its educational resources to protect working men and women."

Named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's health standards directorate, who died in 1996, the training grants support workplace safety programs and the development of training materials to educate employees in high-hazard industries, those with limited English proficiency, those who are hard-to-reach and those in industries with high fatality rates, as well as small business employers.

The grants support training programs to educate employees on targeted topics such as construction hazards; general industry hazards; and other safety and health topic areas including pandemic flu and driver safety.

Some of the grant recipients include:

• The American Red Cross received nearly $200,000 to develop and give seminars for small businesses and their employees about the potential for an influenza pandemic. They will develop a guide for leaders, PowerPoint slides, a DVD and a resource CD-ROM.

• The Laborers-AGC Education & Training fund received $194,500 to provide eight hour-long classes on trench and excavation safety for construction workers.

• The Workplace Safety Awareness Council, based in Fort Meade, Fla., received $188,285 to develop and conduct training in English and Spanish on electrical hazards found in the Southeast.

A complete list of the 2007 Susan Harwood Grant recipients is posted at www.osha.gov/dcsp/ote/sharwood.html.

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