Proposals are being accepted until Oct. 27 for $4.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations for safety and health training under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Susan Harwood Training Grants program.

OSHA is seeking proposals that target immigrant, contingent and other vulnerable workers, small business employers and employees, and workers in jobs with high-risk activities, such as the construction industry. These grants may be funded for up to five years with an average first-year federal reward of $250,000.

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, who died in 1996.

Organizations that get the grants must contribute a minimum of 10 percent for the first year of the grant. The non-federal matching share will be increased by 5 percent each subsequent year of the award, for a maximum of 30 percent if a grant is extended to the fifth year.

Grant applications instructions may be obtained from the OSHA Office of Training and Education, Division of Training and Educational Programs, 1555 Times Drive, Des Plaines, IL 60018. For further information, call 847/297-4810 or visit