Sending Office: Honorable Mark Pocan
Encourage Safe Workplaces – Cosponsor the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program Authorization Act!
Deadline for Originals: Wednesday, October 23
I write you today to ask you to join me as an original cosponsor of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program Authorization Act. This program, administered by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), provides grants to non-profits, community
organizations, employer associations, labor unions, educational institutions, and state and local governments to provide training and education programs on creating safer workplaces.
OSHA created this grant program in 1978 under the name New Directions. It was then renamed in 1997 in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a long-time OSHA official responsible for developing protections against bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde,
asbestos, and lead.
Today, these grants fall into three categories: Capacity Building Grants, Targeted Topic Grants, and Training Materials Development Grants. Funding for these activities is essential to prevent unsafe working conditions and to inform workers of their rights
and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.
While the program was created with OSHA’s administrative discretion, this bill provides explicit legislative authority for the program to ensure employers and employees continue to benefit from the improved safety and awareness Susan Harwood grants facilitate.
Should you have any questions, please contact me or have your staff contact Andrew O’Neill on my staff at
Andrew.ONeill@mail.house.gov or ex. 5-2906.
Member of Congress
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