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OSHA GIVING GRANTS TO HELP WORKPLACE ABUSE PROGRAMS

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a $1.75 million grant program for non-profit employers and employer representatives to help establish or expand substance abuse programs in the workplace.

In Utah, state officials operate the OSHA program in a division of the State Industrial Commission and are accepting applications for some of the money."OSHA is committed to make America's workplaces as safe and healthful as possible," said Alan McMillan, acting assistant secretary of labor, who heads OSHA. The $1.75 million in grants came from the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.

Employee assistance programs must have these parts: a workplace substance abuse policy, supervisory training, employee orientation, drug and alcohol education and awareness; and assessment and referral.

Grant recipients must provide a matching share of at least 25 percent of the budget in the first program years. Grants must be requested for up to three years.

Any non-profit organization, which is an employer or a representative of a group with employers is eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a copy of their current tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service or other documentary evidence of their non-profit status.

Applications may be obtained in the OSHA office in the Heber M. Wells Office Building, 160 E. Third South, and they must be submitted by June 30.