WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded approximately $1.9 million in grants to 14 nonprofits nationwide to fund education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize infectious disease hazards – including coronavirus – and identify preventive measures for a safe workplace.

Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Susan Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases training grants also include education on worker rights and employer responsibilities detailed in the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the grants derive from the Susan Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training program. As part of the $10 million funding availability supported by ARPA for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including the coronavirus grants, the department awarded more than $6.7 million in grants in 2021.

The program’s namesake was a former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment. In her 17 years with OSHA, the late Dr. Harwood helped develop federal standards to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

OSHA awards grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, Native American tribes, and local and state-sponsored colleges and universities. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved, vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries.  

A list of the recipients of fiscal year 2022 Susan Hardwood grants follows this release.

Recipient

City

State

Amount

Regents of the University of California at San Diego

La Jolla

CA

$159,584

Community Partners

Los Angeles

CA

$75,000

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Pasadena

CA

$160,000

Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation

Statesboro

GA

$159,721

Building Industry Association of Hawaii

Waipahu

HI

$117,703

American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation

Park Ridge

IL

$159,967

International Sanitary Supply Assoc.

Rosemont

IL

$158,957

Melwood Horticultural Training Center Inc.

Upper Marlboro

MD

$112,402

University Central Missouri

Warrensburg

MO

$85,000

Western North Carolina Workers’ Center

Hendersonville

NC

$119,695

FTI of District Council 88

Houston

TX

$160,000

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Houston

TX

$160,000

American Public Power Assoc.

Arlington

VA

$160,000

American Traffic Safety Services Assoc. Inc.

Fredericksburg

VA

$158,884

Total

 

 

$1,946,913

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