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OSHA awards MVCC $80K for workplace safety training programs

Mohawk Valley Community College has received just under $80,000 to support programs that train people in keeping workplaces safe.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 12:03 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 1:42 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded Mohawk Valley Community College nearly $80,000 to support programs that train people to identify health and safety hazards at workplaces.

The grant money was awarded through OSHA’s Susan Harwood Grant Program, which provides funding to train people working at small businesses in high-hazard industries.

“These federal dollars will help Mohawk Valley Community College continue to serve as an institution of higher-learning and provide crucial training to keep workers and workplaces safe and hazard free,” said Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22. “I want to thank MVCC for offering these trainings and their important role in our local economy. The trades continue to offer a good-paying job and route to success for many in our community and I will never stop working to strengthen manufacturing in our region.”

Former OSHA director, Susan Harwood, worked for the agency for 17 years, and helped develop federal standards to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

“The training offered through the Susan Harwood Grant has had measurable impacts and made a difference to our local industry in the past,” said Randall VanWagoner, president of MVCC. “We are pleased to be able to continue this work with our partners and continue to make a meaningful difference in the region.”

The grants are awarded, in Harwood’s honor, to faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, colleges and universities.

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