U.S. Department of Labor: Susan Harwood Training Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) discretionary grant program offers an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and education programs for small business employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. The program is named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment.
The areas of emphasis are:
- Educating workers and employers in small businesses (for purposes of this grant program, a small business is one with 250 or fewer employees)
- Training workers and employers on identifying and means of preventing serious occupational safety and health hazards identified by OSHA through the DOL’s Strategic Plan, an OSHA special emphasis program, or other OSHA priorities (more information may be found at https://www.osha.gov/)
- Training workers and/or employers about new OSHA standards
- Training at-risk and/or low-literacy worker populations, including temporary workers and youth
- Developing and disseminating materials to train and educate workers
Grants awarded under this FOA will support one of the following award categories:
1. Targeted Topic Training: Proposals must emphasize delivering quality occupational safety and health training on one or more OSHA-specified topics. Proposals may include acquiring and/or revising existing training materials, or developing new training materials. Training must reach workers and employers from multiple businesses.
2. Training and Educational Materials Development: New training and educational materials must fill an unmet training need, be relevant and useful to a wide-range of trainers and trainees. Proposals must include the development, evaluation, and validation of new classroom-quality training and educational materials on one or more of the OSHA-specified topics. Pilot training(s) of the new materials to a targeted audience is required to evaluate and validate the effectiveness of the new materials.
The OSHA identified topics are:
- Chemical Hazards/Hazard Communication – General Industry and Maritime Industry
- Construction Road Zones (heavy construction equipment, backing operations, struck-by/caught-in, caught-between, vehicle accidents)
- Electrical Hazards – Construction, General, or Maritime Industries
- Excavation Hazards
- Fall Prevention in Construction (ladders, scaffolds, falls from heights)
- Grain Handling Operations (combustible dust, grain bin entry hazards)
- Machinery and Machine Guarding Hazards (amputation prevention) – General Industry and Maritime Industry
- Oil and Gas Production (including hydraulic fracturing, fire, explosion, and struck-by hazards)
- Powered Industrial Trucks (powered platforms, aerial lifts, and vehicle-mounted work platforms)
- Respiratory Hazards in the Maritime Industry
- Walking Working Surfaces, slips and falls in the Maritime Industry (stairways, ladders, dockboards, roofs, scaffolds, elevated work surfaces and walkways)
Training should focus on reaching workers and employers in one or more of the following targeted audiences:
- Workers and employers in industries with high fatality rates
- Workers and employers in high-hazard industries
- Temporary workers, minority, or other hard-to-reach workers
- Non-literate, low-literacy, or limited English proficiency workers
- Young workers (ages 16-24)
- Workers and employers in new small businesses
Amount: $10,500,000 is available. Grant awards will not exceed $155,000 for a Targeted Topic Training grant or $50,000 for a Training and Education Material Development grant. Grants are made for a period of one year.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, including qualifying labor unions, community-based and faith-based organizations, and employer associations (may not be an agency of a state or local government); institutions of higher education that are supported by a state or local government; and Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations.
Grantees may train only eligible trainees. Eligible trainees are workers and employers covered under the OSH Act of 1970, SEC. 4, codified at 29 U.S.C. 653 including unemployed workers who are planning to enter/reenter the workforce in a position covered by the OSH Act. OSHA covers most private sector employers and workers. Workers at state and local government agencies are not covered by OSHA, but have OSH Act protections if they work in a state operating an OSHA-approved State Plan occupational safety and health program.
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