The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus $139,960 to provide safety training to temporary workers in both construction and general industries in Puerto Rico.
The award is part of a global $10.6 million package available through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program benefiting 78 nonprofit organizations, including community- and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities.
The program provides grants to fund education and training for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury and illness prevention measures, and inform them of their rights and responsibilities.
“The Susan Harwood Training Program provides thousands of workers and employers with hands-on, critical health and safety training to reduce occupational injuries,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The federal grants awarded today will provide workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries with important tools to identify and eliminate hazards.”
The training grant program is named in honor of Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA’s former Directorate of Health Standards, who passed away in 1996.
“Since 1978, approximately 2 million workers have been trained through this program, and it is one of the most effective ways we have for communicating with vulnerable and hard-to-reach workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
“The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is an essential component of OSHA’s efforts to provide workers in high-risk industries with training about job hazards and their rights, and I am thrilled to see what our grantees will do,” he said.