The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – ERA is inviting applications for the Miner Safety and Health Training Program which supports the development and implementation of training and education programs.
The purpose of this NOFO is to solicit meritorious applications to enhance the quality and complement the availability of health and safety training for mineworkers in the Western United States. This research will support the development and implementation of mining training and education programs and will contribute to the goal of eliminating mining fatalities within the next two decades.
- The NIOSH Mining Program has established three overarching strategic goals for this plan:
- Strategic Goal 1: Reduce mine workers’ risk of occupational illness
- Strategic Goal 2: Reduce mine workers’ risk of traumatic injuries and fatalities
- Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the risk of mine disasters and improve post-disaster survivability of mine workers.
- Address the training needs of mining personnel in the Western United States,
- Develop and deliver health and safety training to miners (NOTE: this excludes training in emergency response and hazmat materials) through qualified instructors and faculty,
- Develop/offer and implement “train the trainer” courses,
- Provide qualified instructors and faculty to conduct the training, and increase the number of trainers,
- Evaluate training effectiveness and impact on reducing injuries and illnesses to miners, and
- Coordinate with existing training programs, like those offered by MSHA and MSHAfunded state programs, and in partnerships with industry, miners, and other agencies.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,458,000
- Award Ceiling: $243,000
- Award Floor: $230,000.
- The beneficiaries of these cooperative agreements are miners working in the Western United States. The training program may include a combination of trainee targets, including miners, frontline supervisors, superintendents, managers, among others. As appropriate, the training program might target vulnerable U.S. worker populations to address increased safety and health risks associated with occupational health disparities, changing worker demographics, and the changing nature of work.
- The Miner Safety and Health Training Program cooperative agreement will support research on improving the occupational safety in the Western United States, where MSHA’s programs may not be as accessible to Western miners, including, but not limited to:
- Complementing the availability and improving the quality of miner training
- Providing an opportunity to address gaps that exist in current training materials, particularly those related to Western mining operations
- Improving the transfer of best safety practices to the workplace
- Increasing the safety focus, total health awareness, and leadership competency of miners, frontline supervisors, superintendents, and managers representing operations throughout the United States, spanning all major commodity sectors in surface and underground mining.
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- For profit organizations other than small businesses
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Private institutions of higher education
- County governments
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- State governments
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Independent school districts
- Small businesses.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=342110