OSHA Accepting Harwood Grant Applications

In the June 21 <I>Federal Register</I>, OSHA announced that it is accepting Susan Harwood Training Grant applications, which serve as funds to nonprofit organizations to provide training and education programs for employers and employees on safety and health topics selected by OSHA.

Nonprofit organizations, including community-based and faith-based organizations that are not an agency of a state or local government, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 20.

“The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides funds for programs to train employees and employers to recognize and abate safety and health hazards in their workplaces,” OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. said. “The program emphasizes training opportunities that reach small businesses, at-risk employer and employee populations and employees working in high-hazard industries.”

Fourteen training topics were selected for this grant announcement, including excavation and trench hazards, combustible dust and driver safety. Training grants will be awarded for a 12-month period that begins Sept. 30. There is approximately $10.1 million available for the Targeted Topic training grants. The average federal award is expected to be $175,000.

Applications Must Be Submitted Electronically

Applications for grants submitted under this competition must be transmitted electronically using the governmentwide Web site. OSHA encourages applicants to complete the mandatory online registration process as soon as possible.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education is available for assistance.

Applicants needing assistance may contact the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education at least 1 week prior to the closing date at (847) 297-4810 to speak to a representative. According to OSHA, no extensions of the deadline will be granted.

Further information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on the OSHA’s Web site.

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