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OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

Thursday, October 4, 2018

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The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday (Oct. 1) the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and educational institutions that support worker-safety education.

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The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday (Oct. 1) the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and educational institutions that support worker-safety education.

Two chapters of the Finishing Trades Institute, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Associated General Contractors of America and the Virginia Ship Repair Association are among the 74 organizations that will receive a total of $9.3 million in funding for programs focused on education for small-business owners and training for vulnerable populations in high-hazard jobs.

Industry Recipients

Grants related to the construction and coatings industry include:

  • $149,874 to ARTBA to provide three hours of fall-protection instruction for 650 workers in the heavy and highway construction industry, in English and Spanish;
  • $149,494 to AGC to provide fall-protection training, also in English and Spanish, for 450 workers in the construction industry, especially those with limited English proficiency;
  • $129,000 to the Brazilian Worker Center, in Allston, Massachusetts, for fall-protection training for 656 small businesses and workers in the construction industry, in Spanish and Portuguese;
  • $133,510 to the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana Inc., in Portage, Indiana, for training related to crystalline silica hazards for 350 employers and workers in the construction industry;
  • $122,265 to the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region, in Philadelphia, for fall-protection training for 300 youth and apprentices in the finishing trades;
  • $34,606 to the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest, in Little Canada, Minnesota, for training related to crystalline silica hazards for 192 workers in the construction industry; and
  • $65,000 to the Virginia Ship Repair Association for training in electrical hazards for 160 employers and workers in the ship-repair industry.

Silica, Heat Featured 

Silica is a common topic for grantees following the implementation of OSHA’s new respirable crystalline silica rule, in construction and other industries. Aside from the above, silica training is the reason for grants to the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council; Red Rocks Community College, Colorado; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; the University of Texas at El Paso; and Wayne State University.

Also featured in several grantees’ proposals is extreme temperature safety, a popular topic after the Centers for Disease Control questioned earlier this year whether guidance on heat issued by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health is sufficient.

The Harwood program, established in 1978 and given its current name in 1997, concentrates on funding programs that serve "underserved, low-literacy and high-hazard industry workers." The future of the grants is in question, as earlier this year it was revealed that the DOL planned to defund the program in fiscal year 2019 in order to hire new Compliance Assistance Specialists, who would among other duties provide training that would take the place of those funded by the Harwood program.

   

Tagged categories: American Road & Trans Builders Assn (ARTBA); Associated General Contractors (AGC); Department of Labor; Education; Finishing Trades Institute; Grants; Health and safety; OSHA; Safety; Worker training

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