The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded TEEX a $200,000 Susan Harwood grant for a one-year program to recruit and train experienced bilingual construction safety trainers. The goal of the program is to make safety training more accessible to hard-to-reach, non-English-speaking construction workers in the residential construction industry.
TEEX’s OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center is trying to change statistics that show that Hispanic workers suffer four out of every five injuries on the job. The OSHA Center, which covers Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico, held the nation’s first Spanish-based Trainer Course in OSHA standards for the Construction Industry (OSHA 500) in 2001.
The Susan Harwood Training Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations for safety and health training programs.