The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded approximately $10.5 million in federal safety and health training grants to 79 nonprofit organizations nationwide.

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program helps workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Under President Trump's qualified opportunity zones executive order, OSHA awarded 54 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas.

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

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

Connecticut Recipients

The fiscal year 2019 award categories are: Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building.

Central Connecticut State University in New Britain received a $141,000 grant to provide fall-prevention training for 620 construction workers in English and Spanish.

The Laborers' International Union of North America in Pomfret received a $158,000 grant to provide trench training to 1,020 workers in the construction industry.

The program honors the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's health standards directorate, who died in 1996.

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