Federal grant to help MVCC worker-safety training

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Mohawk Valley Community College has received a $79,508 federal grant to provide education and training to help workers and employers recognize workplace hazards such as the COVID-19 coronavirus, implement injury prevention and understand their rights and responsibilities, Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22, Utica, announced Tuesday.

The funds are from the U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, named for a former director of the OSHA Office of Risk Assessment. In 17 years at OSHA, Harwood helped develop federal standards to protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene and other hazards in construction.

MVCC plans to provide 1.5 hours of personal protective equipment training for 750 workers. The targeted audience includes limited-English speaking, low- or non-literate, youth, temporary, minority, and hard-to-reach workers. They plan to revise existing Harwood training materials. Training will be provided in English, Spanish, Burmese, Russian, Somali, Arabic, and Karen.

““I want to thank MVCC for offering these trainings and their important role in our local economy,” Brindisi said in a statement announcing the grant. “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.”

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