Susan Harwood Grant Program Announced

The focus of this Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) program is to provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries. Since 1978, over 2.1 million workers have been trained through this program

Funding Levels:

  • $155,000 for a Targeted Topic Training Grant
  • $50,000 for a Training and Education Material Development Grant
  • $10.5 million in funding is available for the whole program


  • Qualifying labor unions
  • Community-based and faith-based organizations
  • Employer associations that are not an agency of a state or local government
  • State or local government-supported Institutions of higher education
  • Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations.

Eligible projects: Grants solicited for this year are: Targeted Topic Training grants and Training Materials Development grants.

  • Targeted TopicTraining grants focus on training of workers and/or multiple employers on occupational safety and health hazards associated with one of the OSHA selected training topics.
  • Training Materials Development grantees are expected to develop, evaluate, and validate classroom quality training materials on one of the OSHA selected training topics.

Topic areas for this year are:

  1. Chemical Hazards/Hazard Communication – General Industry and Maritime Industry
  2. Construction Road Zones (heavy construction equipment, backing operations, struck-by/caught-in, caught-between, vehicle accidents)
  3. Electrical Hazards – Construction, General, or Maritime Industries
  4. Excavation Hazards
  5. Fall Prevention in Construction (ladders, scaffolds, falls from heights)
  6. Grain Handling Operations (combustible dust, grain bin entry hazards)
  7. Machinery and Machine Guarding Hazards (amputation prevention) – General Industry and Maritime Industry
  8. Oil and Gas Production (including hydraulic fracturing, fire, explosion, and struck-by hazards)
  9. Powered Industrial Trucks (powered platforms, aerial lifts, and vehicle-mounted work platforms)
  10. Respiratory Hazards in the Maritime Industry
  11. Walking Working Surfaces, slips and falls in the Maritime Industry (stairways, ladders, dockboards, roofs, scaffolds, elevated work surfaces and walkways)

Duration: Program funding will be for a 12-month period beginning no later than September 30, 2017, and ending on September 30, 2018.

Match: There is no match requirement for this program.

The anticipated award date is September 2017.

The full Request for Application can be found here.

For more information on this grant or how to apply with Morrison's assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at or call us at 530.893.4764.


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