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Training Fund's Occupational Safety Center awarded 2016-17 training grant by OSHA 

US Labor Department awards $10.5M in workplace safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations — including Training Fund — to help high-risk workers, employers

Washington, DC (text by DOL) - September 13th, 2016: 
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to nonprofit organizations across the United States. The grants will provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces. They will also inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.

The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund's Healthcare Occupational Safety Center was one of 77 to receive OSHA funding. Under the leadership of Training Fund Occupational Safety & Health Manager Ellie Barbarash, the Safety Center will present 2- to 5-hour hazards training to healthcare industry workers. Target audience includes low literacy, adult and young workers, supervisors, and minority workers employed in the high-hazard healthcare industries. Training topics will include safe patient handling, workplace violence, chemical safety, ergonomics, risk management, and bloodborne pathogens. Plans are to use existing training materials. Training will be offered in English.. 

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community/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.

"The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is one of the most effective ways we have for communicating with vulnerable and hard-to-reach workers in high-hazard industries who may not know how to avoid and prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Harwood Program grantees conduct safety and health training in 24 languages, helping workers understand their right to a safe workplace."

Since 1978, the program has provided training for approximately 2.1 million workers. The training grant program's name honors Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's former Directorate of Health Standards, who passed away in 1996.

More information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on OSHA's website at