CAF granted $133,510 for NW Indiana crystalline silica training program

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The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a grant to the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) of Northwest Indiana under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

The $133,510 grant award will assist the CAF with the creation and implementation of a crystalline silica training program for construction workers and employers in Northwest Indiana, with a focus on small business employers. The training will include the recognition and correction for exposure to respirable silica produced from certain uses of concrete and other construction material containing silica.

Jim Arendas, environmental, safety, and health director at the CAF, said in a statement: “The Construction Advancement Foundation is dedicated to reducing injuries and illnesses in the construction industry. We work closely with contractors and the union building trades. The Susan Harwood Grant gives our organization an additional opportunity to partner with contractors, workers, and OSHA to improve construction safety in Northwest Indiana.”


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