The USM Muskie School has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to receive a Susan Harwood Training Grant.
The Susan Harwood program provides one-year grants to fund education and training programs for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and inform them of their rights and responsibilities. The beneficiaries of these programs include small-business employers, workers and employers in industries with high injury and fatality rates, and vulnerable workers.
The Muskie School’s funding will support the development, implementation, and evaluation will of a web-based workplace violence training program for home care assistants and workers in small, community-based nursing homes. The project will be led by a multidisciplinary project team spanning several research programs within Muskie’s Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.
Co-principal investigators on the project are Judy Tupper, managing director of Cutler's population health and health policy research program, and Sue Ebersten, director of Cutler's Capital Center.