Northwest Wisconsin CEP, Inc. (Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.) has received $112,973 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) via the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. will utilize this grant to create a Center for Combustible Dust Safety and Health to give safety training, education, and assistance for non-urban employees and companies in wood product and many other production industries.

CEP, Inc.’s Center for Combustible Dust Safety and Health will certainly be situated in Ashland and may possibly assist seventeen counties along northern Wisconsin. The Bay Area Workforce Development Board, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, and North Central Workforce Development Board assist organizations in this area. The center will certainly handle the hazards of combustible dust using education and safety training to employers and laborers in high-risk producing industries. This is an important training will need as thirty one percent of employees in the grant region earn a living coming from the production industry, which comes with several businesses generating wood products. Study has revealed that wood dust brings about a lot more workplace injury and death compared to any other combustible dust.

This OSHA grant will certainly develop over the collaborative achievement of the pilot Susan Harwood Training Grant that CEP, Inc. acquired in 2010. The preliminary grant supplied funds for CEP, Inc. to investigate and evaluate the safety training requirements and obstacles within the wood products production market.

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program concentrates on offering training and studies financing for employees and organizations on the acknowledgement, prevention and avoidance of safety and health dangers in their workplaces, as well as educating employees of their legal rights and companies of their obligations underneath the OSH Act. Target people for Susan Harwood grants involves small business companies and low-literacy, under-served workers in high-risk industrial sectors. Since 1978, over one point eight million employees have been educated by means of this program. A total of 72 non-profit organizations, local community/faith-based groups, labor unions, employer associations, joint labor/management associations, colleges and universities had funding for different projects.