OSHA safety grants remain intact for now; SBCTC schedules spring training sessions

Oct. 10, 2017 - Working people across the United States received some good news last month when the Senate Appropriations Committee voted out a bill to keep federal OSHA funding for next year at its current level.

The same committee, in a bipartisan action, also defied the Trump Administration’s attempt to get rid of the Susan Harwood Training Grants. Labor activists across the country rallied over the summer in a letter-writing campaign to congressional leaders to restore the $10.5 million Susan Harwood program.

The House of Representatives, however, still has not acted on the budget for the Labor and Health and Human Services departments.

In July, State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter wrote a letter in support of the Harwood Program. You can read in on the attachment.

Meanwhile, a safety training session scheduled by the State Building and Construction Trades Council is set to take place in the spring.

The “Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians” class had already been funded by a $155,000 Susan Harwood grant obtained in the last fiscal year by the SBCTC. The two-day training session for trainers will be offered all over the state at dates to be determined. The SBCTC will also be offering hazard-awareness training for unions, joint apprenticeship and training committees and employers.

For further information, contact SBCTC health and safety training program Project Coordinator Laura Boatman at 916-443-3302 or at [email protected], or check out the Safety Hub on the SBCTC web site at safety.sbctc.org.


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