OSHA Calls for Applications for $8 Million in Susan Harwood Training Grants

OSHA is soliciting applications for $8 million in Susan Harwood Safety and Health Capacity Building Training Grants. The grants are available to nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations to provide safety and health training educational programs for workers and employers.

“These grants will provide workers and employers with the tools they need to build the capacity to ensure safe workplaces,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “These grants will enable workers to gain the knowledge and tools they need to save lives and protect their health.”

This grant program seeks to fund longer-term programs that build safety and health competency within organizations. Capacity building safety and health training grants will focus on training workers to recognize hazards and appropriate control measures and to understand their rights under OSHA regulations and standards.

Two types of grant awards may be made for capacity building grants:

  1. Pilot grants. These grants are intended to assist organizations that need time to assess needs and formulate a plan before moving forward with a full-scale safety and health education program.
  2. Developmental grants. These grants are for organizations that already have established the capability to provide occupational safety and health training, education and related assistance to their constituents and are seeking to expand and develop their capacity.

The complete solicitation for grant applications is available at http://www.grants.gov. Applicants are encouraged to complete registration as soon as possible, as the process takes multiple days to complete. Capacity grant applications must be submitted and received electronically no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on July 2. No extensions will be granted.

OSHA also will announce, in the near future, a second Susan Harwood Training Grant Program solicitation for 1-year Targeted Topic Training Grants that will focus on short-term training programs and the development of training materials.

Further information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html.

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