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Harwood grant awarded fourth year

October 2, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded UW-River Falls $112,506 through the Susan Harwood Training Grant. The grant will be used to continue training programs for dairy producers and their employees through the Center for Dairy Farm Safety. This marks the fourth consecutive year UWRF has received a Susan Harwood Training Grant.

In the last three years, in cooperation with UW-Extension and the National Farm Medicine Center, the Center for Dairy Farm Safety has trained more than 600 dairy producers and more than 1,000 employees in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and recently, New York. The grant dollars help to continue support for the eight module producer training now available online and the five module dairy farm worker training on farms in English and Spanish.

This year, the Center for Dairy Farm Safety will design a new training module, “Dairy Farm Worker Personal Health and Safety,” in English and Spanish. UWRF will be partnering with the National Farm Medicine Center, the UW-Eau Claire nursing program, and the Mexican consulate in St. Paul to develop and pilot this new module.

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program supports safety and health training programs that educate workers and employees in industries with high injury, illness, and fatality rates; underserved youth; limited English proficiency and other vulnerable workers; and small businesses.

More information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is available on OSHA’s website at http://www.osha.gov/dte/ sharwood.