University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $116,555 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
USM is among 79 organizations nationwide to receive the one-year grant and is the research team’s sixth consecutive award from OSHA.
Susan Harwood Training Grants provide education to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
The USM team led by Dr. Judy Tupper, Director of Population Health and Health Policy at the Cutler Institute, will design, pilot, and evaluate an online training program for Maine’s healthcare workforce. Specifically, this targeted training will include strategies and techniques concerning the proper use of personal protective equipment across a continuum of hospital, medical and dental office, and long-term care settings. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is defined by OSHA as specialized clothing or equipment, worn by the employee for protection against infectious materials.