The Occupational Safety Health Administration recently announced more than $3.6 million in fiscal year 2016 Susan Harwood Targeted-Topic Training Grants to 28 non-profit organizations. Notably, OSHA funded the Tree Care Industry Association for a third consecutive year to continue safety training throughout the country. Awarded $137,532 in funding, the TCIA will present training to employers in the landscaping and tree care industries through the end of September.

“This grant will allow us to continue to provide specialized safety training programs for the arborists who need it most,” said Mark Garvin, TCIA president. “It is an important step in reducing occupational injuries and fatalities in our industry.”

Training will include recognition, avoidance, preventing hazards when using aerial lifts, operating chain saws and chippers and working near electrical conductors. Target audiences include small business, limited English-proficiency and low-literacy workers. TCIA was awarded just under $125,000 in fiscal year 2015 for similar training.