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OSHA Accepting Proposals for $4.7 Million in Safety and Health Training Grants

Proposals are being accepted until Oct. 27 for $4.7 million in grants to nonprofit
organizations for safety and health training under the Occupation Safety and Health
Administration’s Susan Harwood Training Grants program.

OSHA is seeking proposals that target immigrant, contingent and other vulnerable
workers, small business employers and employees, and workers in jobs, with high-risk
activities or hazards, such as the construction industry. These grants may be funded for
up to five years with an average first-year federal award of $250,000.

Organizations that get the grants must contribute a minimum of 10 percent for the first
year of the grant. The non-federal matching share will be increased by five percent each
subsequent year of the award, for a maximum of 30 percent if a grant is extended to the
fifth year.

Details about the grants and the application process are available in today’s Federal
Register. Grant application instructions may be obtained from the OSHA Office of
Training and Education, Division of Training and Educational Programs, 1555 Times Drive,
Des Plaines, ILL. 60018, telephone (847) 297-4810. The instructions are also available on
the Internet at

Grant applications are due in the Des Plaines office by 4:30 p.m. Central time Oct. 27.
Applications may be sent via fax to (847) 297-6636.

The training grants are named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of
the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA’s Health Standards Directorate, who died in 1996.
During her 17-year tenure with the agency, Harwood helped develop OSHA standards to
protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde,
asbestos and lead in construction.