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UA Awarded OSHA Grant to Improve Workplace Safety

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded a Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant to The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies.

CCS was also awarded the grant in 2010.

Targeted Topic Training Grants support the development of quality occupational safety and health training materials and programs that address workplace hazards and establish prevention strategies.

CCS, a nationally recognized leader in the area of safety and health management systems, will use the grant to develop a training program to teach workers and managers how to implement an effective “Injury and Illness Prevention Program” in their workplace, a top OSHA priority.

“This grant will enable us to teach employers proven strategies for preventing injuries and illnesses through implementation of an effective safety and health management system in their workplace, “said Darrell Dechant, UA SafeState executive director.

There will be no charge for the program to companies in both general industry and construction throughout Alabama and the entire southeastern region. The training will be especially valuable to small and new businesses, businesses with young workers, and high-hazard businesses. Training materials will be provided in Spanish.

For more information about the grant or the training program, contact Dechant at 205/348-8975 or



The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

  • CONTACT: Kristi Payne or Linda Hill, UA Media Relations, 205/348-8325,
  • SOURCE: Dr. Darrell Dechant, UA College of Continuing Studies, 205/348-8975,