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Need Funding for Safety Training? 
 

6/3/2013  By Roy Maurer 
 
 

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is offering to fund your safety training program. 

OSHA is giving away $1.5 million in grants for training and education as part of the agency’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The money will be given to nonprofits, community groups, employer associations, labor unions, and colleges and universities.

The grants are intended to fund training and education for workers and employers in recognizing workplace safety and health hazards and prevention measures, and understanding their rights and responsibilities.

“The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that businesses and workers are aware of and can prevent safety and health hazards,” said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “These grants will fund programs that will supply hard-to-reach workers, those in high-hazard industries and small businesses with the knowledge and tools they need to support safe and healthful workplaces.”

Two types of safety and health training grants will be awarded through this announcement: targeted-topic training grants, and training and educational materials development grants.
Both types of grants are for one year, and will support the development of quality training materials and programs addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies for workers and employers.

OSHA is particularly interested in funding programs that address fall protection in construction, agricultural safety, hair and nail salon hazards, ergonomics, hazard communication, injury and illness prevention programs, and workplace violence. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy workers in high-hazard industries, according to OSHA.
Agencies of state and local governments are not eligible to apply for these grants. However, state and local government-supported institutions of higher education may apply.

The solicitation for grant applications is available at http://www.grants.gov. Applicants must register prior to completing the application. They are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible, as it takes multiple days to complete. Applications must be submitted and received electronically no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on June 13, 2013. No extensions of the deadline will be granted.
OSHA has developed a webinar to assist prospective applicants in understanding the application process. The webinar will be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, on OSHA’s website at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/2013_solicitation.html during the solicitation period.
More information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available here.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

Follow him on Twitter @SHRMRoy.

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