Free Training Provided by the OSHA Susan Harwood Grant

OSHA awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis through its Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Grants are awarded to provide training and education programs for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces. (Source:

The ASSP Foundation has been awarded two Susan Harwood grants and created new training courses related to fall protection and infectious diseases.

Fall Protection

Working at height can be hazardous and remains a leading cause of worker injuries and fatalities and OSHA citations.  This online self-paced series addresses the three parts of the personal fall arrest system (PFAS) — the “anchor,” the “bodywear” and the “connecting device” – widely known as the ABCs and offers guidance on how to properly implement and use fall protection systems and equipment to effectively advance personal safety programs, increase efficiency and stay OSHA compliant. You’ll earn 0.3 CEUs for each course.


Infectious Diseases

Pandemics and widespread outbreaks of infectious diseases can claim millions of lives, disrupt societies, interrupt businesses and devastate economies. To properly respond to such emergencies, planning and preparedness are critical to mitigate the risk and maintain business continuity. The following live, instructor-led courses provide guidance on planning and managing pandemics; review regulations and a legal framework for infectious diseases; discuss industry best practices and more. You’ll earn 0.3 CEUs for each course.


Be sure to check back for additional new courses.

October Hybrid Monthly Meeting Success!

The ASSP Greater Tidewater Chapter hit record breaking attendance with over 50 folks in person and participating virtually for our October VOSH Panel hybrid meeting! We welcomed all Region VI ASSP chapters with representation in Virginia: National Capital Chapter, Northern Virginia Chapter, Star Valley Chapter, and Colonial Virginia Chapter.

Thanks to each of you for all the hard work you do in our communities to keep our employees and workplaces safe. Thank you to Jordan Taylor and Sumitomo Drive Technologies for hosting us! We are looking forward to more joint ventures with our Virginia chapters and more hybrid meeting opportunities moving into 2023!

Tides Social was a success!

We had a great turn out and beautiful weather and for this year’s ASSP GTC Summer Social at Harbor Park! Everyone was glad to visit together and meet other members and their families. The food was great and we paid a visit by mascots Riptide and Trident, who posed for photos. The patio was an incredible view as we cheered on the Norfolk Tides! A huge shout out to long time GTC member Dan Hurley for facilitating the logistics and putting this together for our chapter! What a great way to end the summer and looking forward to more in person meetings soon.

Joint Fun with the Colonial Chapter and GTC

Dinner was delicious, the location on the water was beautiful and the comradery was grand at the November joint meeting with GTC and the Colonial chapter. Michelle Twilley from AIHA provided some valuable insights on the updated Fed OSHA Emergency Standard for COVID-19. Bill Burge shared some current COVID-19 updates and background on how it is impacting VOSH officials day to day activities.

Old and new chapter members gathered together for a few photos, including some student representation from ODU! The second photo below was taken in front of a 27 million dollar (appraised) Jackson Pollack painting!

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Tides Social Is a Hit!

We had a great turn out and beautiful weather for our first in person social since 2019! Everyone was glad to visit together and meet others. The food was great and we were even graced by Bobby the clown, who made balloon animals for the kids that attended. I’m sure everyone would agree that the patio was one incredible view! A huge shout out to long time GTC member Dan Hurley for facilitating the logistics and putting this together for our chapter! What a treat it was! Looking forward to transitioning to more in person opportunities.