OSHA Steps Up Training and Education Programs Nationwide

Close to $11 million has been awarded through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. More than 70 non-profit organizations will be receiving these funds, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

All of this money is being used to help to provide education and training for workers and employers across the nation. The focus of this program is to get our workforce to recognize, avoid and prevent work safety and health dangers. The program also works to help to educate workers across the country about their federally mandated rights and the responsibilities through the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
There have even been a number of organizations in North Carolina that have been chosen to receive a portion of these funds, including the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Telamon Corp. and the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. These organizations are receiving money as Capacity Building Developmental Follow-on grants.

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys understand that this program is targeting small-businesses and low-literacy, underdeserved workers who are employed in high-hazard industries. There have been nearly 2 million workers who have had the opportunity to receive training through this program since 1978.

Hilda L. Solis, the Secretary of Labor says that the Department of Labor is shifting its focus to make sure that employees and employers have the education and training materials that they need to help to eliminate serious workplace dangers. This is one of the most beneficial ways to help to keep workers safe across the country.

Now, workers in some of the most dangerous industries will be provided with the knowledge and the tools that they need to point out hazards on the job, and will be provided with the skills and the resources that they need to eliminate many risks. It’s a proactive approach.

There will be more than 15 organizations that will be given more than $1.5 million in grants to help to create education and training materials. OSHA is asking that their safety and health topics be addressed in these training and education seminars.

Even More Funds:

-Close to $790,000 has been awarded to 7 organizations for Capacity Building Developmental grants. This money is expected to institutionalize organizational capacity to help to provide health and safety training.

-More than $8 million in follow-up grants have been awarded to 50 grantees. These grantees exemplified satisfactory work practices last year.

From October of 2011 through September of 2011, there were close to 100 workplace fatalities in the state of North Carolina. Most of them happened on a Wednesday. The most dangerous month was August according to the North Carolina Department of Labor.

What might be most important of these grants and programs is that they provide real, hands-on training for workers. Each year, there are thousands of workers who are killed on the job in the United States. The unfortunate truth is that many of these accidents are completely preventable. The problem is that many workers are not properly trained or educated in safety procedures or preventive measures. This kind of training, through the programs available with these grants, can help reduce the risks of work accidents nationwide.

If you or a coworker has been injured at work, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Transportation Accidents Claim Nearly Half of Fatally Injured Employees in North and South Carolina, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, October 5, 2012

North Carolina Work Accidents: Thousands Still Dying on the Job Annually, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 29, 2012

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