This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a funding opportunity toward the Susan Harwood Training Grants, an outstanding $10.5 million! The focus of the Susan Harwood Training Grants program is to provide efficient training and education for workers and employers alike to prevent safety and health hazards in the workplace. The program also informs workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.
These grants have been made available for a variety of organizations: nonprofit including community and faith-based, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities. If an employer receives funding, they will be able to create in-person, hands-on training programs and materials for workers and employers who belong to small businesses, work at jobs with high injuries such as construction industry jobs, and to help those who are most vulnerable in the workplace. However, there is a deadline: Harwood applications must be submitted by August 28, 2017. Since 1978, over 2.1 million workers have been trained through this program and have benefited from what they were taught.
OSHA’s Commitment to the Workplace Community
This opportunity is extremely vital to OSHA, who have made it a mission to assure the most safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women. Each year, they do this by setting and enforcing standards and regulations, as well as training employees, working on outreach programs, and offering education and assistance at all costs. Because workplace accidents are prevalent in a variety of industries, the United States Department of Labor created OSHA as a way to follow through with these life-saving standards. The Susan Harwood Training Grants are a selfless way to invite safety into the workplace and help those in need to prevent accidents and injuries in a variety of industries across the U.S.