U.S. Department of Labor Announces Worker Safety Grants and Social Media Campaign Aimed at Keeping Young Workers Safe

OSHA recently announced the receipt of $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants. This grant money can be used by employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, colleges and universities, and for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups.

The Harwood Training Grant program supports hands-on training for employers and employees working in industries with high injury, illness, and fatality rates. Additionally, these grants are aimed to aid underserved vulnerable workers, especially temporary workers and those with limited English language proficiency skills.

These grants are available in three areas:

  1. Targeted topic training, which support educational programs that address identifying and preventing workplace hazards
  2. Training and educational materials development, which support the development of quality classroom-ready educational materials
  3. Capacity building, which support organizations in developing health training programs based on a specific audience or a set of related topics

OSHA also recently announced that their partnership with worker safety organizations on “#MySafeSummerJob,” a social medial campaign aimed at educating young workers about rights in the workplace and how to protect themselves. This campaign will address different themes for empowering young workers in their workplaces and will include topics such as, “You Have Rights,” “Every Job Has Hazards,” and “Speak Up: Injuries are Preventable.”

OSHA’s partnership with the #MySafeSummerJob website provides resources, tools, and a social media tool kit to assist with the development of messages for youth, parents, teachers, and employers.

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