As you begin the new year by preparing budgets for new equipment for your business, don’t forget that several states offer safety grants for employers to purchase safety, ergonomic, and/or industrial hygiene equipment which can help reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses.
In Ohio, the program is known as the Safety Intervention Grant. According to their website, “the purpose of the Safety Intervention Grant Program is to gather information about the measurable effectiveness of workplace safety interventions so we may share the results with Ohio employers. The program is available to any Ohio state-fund or public employer who wishes to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation. The program is designed to work and partner with Ohio employers to establish safety intervention best practices for accident and injury prevention.”
With the Ohio Safety Intervention Grant, private and public employers are eligible for a 3-to-1 matching grant, up to a maximum grant award of $40,000 for each eligibility cycle. The following link will take you to the Safety Grant Application. Note that there is a list of several safety interventions that are not covered including: 1)rented or leased equipment; 2) personal protective equipment; 3) back belts; 4) safe-lifting training; 5) equipment related to capital improvements already under way; 6) building or property improvements; 7) equipment intended to meet minimum OSHA compliance; and 8) monitoring equipment.
Wyoming and Minnesota also offer similar safety grant programs. The Wyoming Safety Improvement Fund program can help businesses implement health and safety training programs, or assist with the purchase of health and safety equipment, up to $10,000. The Minnesota Safety Grant Program awards funds up to $10,000 to qualifying employers for projects designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness to their workers. Visit their websites for full details on the program, including what types of expenses are allowed.
Wakefield Equipment specializes in providing time and labor-saving equipment, many of which qualify for reimbursement under the state safety grant programs. Contact Wakefield for assistance with determining what safety equipment is right for your business and how to take advantage of grant money available to employers in these states. While each state has their own rules and “hoops” to jump through, Wakefield is well versed in helping employers in each state maximize their available safety grant money while making an investment in their employees’ health and safety.