The grants, said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, are an important part of this Administrationâ€™s emphasis on compliance assistance. They support the development of training materials and the provision of safety programs to educate Hispanic and other non-English-speaking workers and employers in small businesses, as well as workers who are employed in high-hazard industries and industries with high fatality rates.
OSHA awarded grants in two categories:
The training grants are 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. During her 17-year tenure with the agency, Harwood helped develop OSHA standards designed to help protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.