Ninety nonprofit organizations across the country will share approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants, OSHA announced.

The grants provide education and training programs to enable employees and employers to recognize serious workplace hazards, including the coronavirus, and to implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under OHSA regulations.

OSHA awarded 80 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas under the White House’s Qualified Opportunity Zones order.

The 2020 Harwood grant awards also funded 12 targeted-topic training grants, and four training and education materials development grants on topics related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The program provides grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, colleges and universities.

Targeted trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries.

 The fiscal year 2020 award categories are:

  • Targeted Topic Training
  • Training and Educational Materials Development
  • Capacity Building

Here’s more information about 2020 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients.

The program honors the late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment, helped develop federal standards to protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction during her 17-year OSHA career.

For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).