High Workers Compensation Costs? A Susan Harwood Grant May Provide The Answer
The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA recently awarded $10.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 37 new and 32 returning recipients! These grateful recipients include nonprofits, community & faith based groups, business & trade associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges/universities.
What are Susan Harwood grants?
Typically these grants are awarded with the goal that no man or woman should be forced to risk injury or death for a paycheck. Awarded by the federal government, they provide tools for workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries in America to identify and eliminate hazards. The money goes towards education and training that will help ensure that every worker returns home safely at the end of their work day.
Who is eligible?
The program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis.Target audiences include under served, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries. Workers that are otherwise vulnerable, and small business employers, are also a primary audience. Since 1978 almost 2 million workers have been trained through the program.
In an analysis conducted by Metropolitan Risk Advisory we see an average of 37% cost savings on workers compensation insurance and other related costs that are there for the taking. The problem is that many small businesses and non profits lack the staffing and knowledge to deliver a substantial portion of that savings thus they stay within that escalated cost spiral perpetuated by the insurance carriers. These Susan Hayward grants help fund that discovery process that incorporates training and other resources to help struggling small businesses and non profits reduced cost in perpetuity.
- “$3.2 million in Capacity Building Developmental grants to 20 new organizations that will develop their expertise and capacity to provide occupational health and safety education to their constituents”
- “$400,000 to five organizations for pilot grants to lay the groundwork for a self-sufficient safety and health education program.”
- “$1.3 million to 10 organizations to provide Targeted Topic Training grants”
- “$100,000 to two organizations for Training and Educational Material Development grants which must address one of the occupational safety and health topics designated by OSHA.”
- “$5.7 million in returning or follow-on funding to 32 recipients of prior year Capacity Building Developmental grants that had demonstrated satisfactory performance.”
Visit the OSHA Web site for a complete list of the 2011 Susan Harwood grant recipients. A simpler and equally cost effective way to achieve the 37% savings is to speak to a risk advisor who can analyze your data and help you develop a strategy to capture this savings without paying a fee! In addition please make sure that your employees are protected with a sound and cost effective workers compensation insurance policy. Please contact one of our risk advisors at Metropolitan Risk Advisory with any questions or concerns that you may have.
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