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OSHA Offers $4.6 Million in Grants for Training Programs

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is offering $4.6 million in grant funds for training programs that aid workers and employers in identifying and preventing workplace safety and health hazards, the agency announced on Monday.

The funding will be administered through OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which provides in-person, hands-on training and education. Workers and employers in small businesses, workers with limited English proficiency, underserved, vulnerable workers, and those in industries with high injury, illness, or fatality rates are the target awardees.

“Ensuring that all workers are safe on the job is a top priority for the Labor Department. The Susan Harwood training grants help equip vulnerable workers and their employers with the information and knowledge they need to identify and prevent injuries,” said US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in a press release.

Nonprofits, labor unions, colleges and universities, Indian tribes, employer associations and other groups may apply.

The funding will be split into two separate efforts, according to OSHA, targeted topic training grants and capacity building training grants.

The targeted topic training grants are used by awardees to develop training programs and educational materials that address OSHA-designated health and safety hazards in the workplace. Two types of capacity building grants are available: Capacity building pilot grants and capacity building developmental grants.

The former helps organizations gauge their training needs and formulate a plan before creating a full-scale training program. The latter aims to help organizations improve and expand the capacity of existing training programs.

Applications for the grants are due June 28, 2016 by 11:59 pm EDT. For more information, visit www.grants.gov.

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