Nipesh Pradhananga – Associate Professor at the College of Engineering and Computing in the Moss construction management department – Received a total of $ 360,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OSHA).
The first grant – Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including COVID-19 – is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The second grant is about fall prevention and protection.
Both grants come from the Susan Harwood Occupational Health and Safety Training Program, named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment. In her 17-year OSHA career, she helped develop federal standards to protect workers from blood-borne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.
The program funds grants to non-profit organizations, including community and religious groups, employers’ organizations, trade unions, work groups, colleges and universities. Intended trainees include small businesses and underserved vulnerable workers in high risk industries. These grants are a vital element in supporting OSHA’s role in educating workers about their rights and in helping employers provide safe workplaces.
âWe were able to offer our local community life-saving safety training free of charge through the grant. Over 3,000 members of our community have benefited from the training so far. We are very grateful to the US Department of Labor for making it possible for the FIU to be the place where not only students but every member of the local community can be trained free of charge, âsaid Pradhananga.
The Moss Department of Construction Management offers employers and workers in the construction and general industries free three-hour safety and health training on infectious diseases, including coronavirus, in English and Spanish, and free three-hour fall protection training in English and Spanish for employers and limited English speakers , Young people, hard-to-reach and vulnerable workers in the construction industry.
This is the fifth year in a row that the FIU has been awarded the Susan Harwood Grant. The previous topics of the safety training include fall protection, electrical hazards, excavation and trenching as well as personal protective equipment.
These grants reflect the overarching security mission of OSHA. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing their employees with safe and healthy workplaces. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for American workers by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and support.
More information on the dates and locations of these free safety training courses will be released shortly. here.