The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded more than $350,000 in Susan Harwood Training Grants to West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension.

The funding will be used to develop and provide training to employees on construction safety and health, electrical hazards and pandemic flu.

Outreach efforts will be focused in OSHA s Region III which includes West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

Outreach and education are at the heart of our compliance assistance efforts for employers and employees,said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr.The Harwood grants will help OSHA expand its educational resources to protect working men and women.

The Susan Harwood Grants support workplace safety programs and the development of training materials to educate employees in high-hazard industries, those with limited English proficiency, those who are hard to reach and those in industries with high fatality rates, as well as small business employers.

The training grants are named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA s health standards directorate.

During her 17-year tenure with the agency, she helped develop OSHA standards to protect employees exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.