The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants. These grants have been awarded to eighty nonprofit organizations for education and training programs to assist high-risk workers and their employers. The intent is to help spread knowledge regarding workplace hazards and to help implement injury prevention measures.
The grants are part of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which funds grants for nonprofits including: community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, colleges, and universities.
“Susan Harwood training grants save lives,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The hands-on training supported by these grants helps assure that workers and employers have the tools and skills they need to identify hazards and prevent injuries.”
“The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is an essential component of OSHA’s worker protection efforts. This program provides thousands of workers and small employers with hands-on training and education in some of the most dangerous industries,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
These training grants will focus on specific high-risk industries. If you fear you are in an industry that is being targeted and one of these grants will support an organization in your area, it is important you understand how you can get involved. If you are audited and you are found to have insufficient occupational safety and health policies and procedures, there will be no excuses if this grant money could have helped you or your employees like Premier Factory Safety understand and account for a hazard.
If you have any questions about how these grants could impact your business, please contact us. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment.