OSHA has announced that $4.6 million in funds to be put toward training.

OSHA makes available $4.6 million in safety training grants

May 17, 2016 3:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To make sure that businesses are able to provide safe and compliant workspaces, OSHA has announced that $4.6 million in funds will be put toward training will be made available via the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. This will help establish in-person, hands-on training and educational programs for a variety of businesses that might otherwise struggle to access proper training resources.

"OSHA has announced that $4.6 million in funds to be put toward training."

"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 U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in a press release detailing the initiative.

"The program continues the proud legacy of its namesake who did so much to understand and improve worker protections in her 17 years with the department," Perez added. The late Harwood was the director of OSHA's Office of Risk Assessment, under whose tenure led to the development of worker protection standards for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead.

In particular, the entities targeted by the program include small businesses; businesses in industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers who are underserved, have limited English proficiency or are temporary workers. Nonprofits, described by OSHA as "community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities," are also eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants.

Compliance with OSHA and others regulatory oversight groups is paramount, as is having legal counsel that has experience dealing with the unique facets of business law. The business attorneys at The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C. can help guide the creation of compliant training and safety policies. Contact us today to get started. 

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