Safety Intevention Grants discussed at Safety Council
By Matt Echelberry
The Safety Intervention Grant program was the presentation topic at Galion Safety Council’s Feb. 21 meeting, at BJ’s Family Restaurant. Mike Lampl of the Bureau of Worker Compensation’s Division of Safety and Hygiene and Steve Wurzelbacher, researcher at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, presented details about the program. BWC and NIOSH administer the program, which started in 1999, to research ways to create a safer work environment in wholesale-retail trade and other industries.
It provides a 2-to-1 matching grant of up to $40,000 to help employers purchase equipment, which does NOT include personal protective equipment, routine equipment or equipment replacement, employee training or property improvements. There is also a moratorium list of specific items that are not applicable for the grant.
The employer must agree to provide information for the study before utilizing the new equipment, as well as two years after the installation. This includes quarterly reports, a one year case study and an onsite visit by the two organizations.
According to a handout about the program: “The study will analyze the effects of adding equipment to a material handling process to determine if the addition reduces injuries to the back and shoulder areas.”
The goal is to provide employers with information to help reduce injuries and improve material handling processes, and Wurzelbacher said they would like to have at least 40 companies participate; right now there are 20 participants.
“This is not about regulation, but researching evidence-based solutions to apply to the workplace,” Wurzelbacher concluded.
For more information or to apply for the grant, visit www.ohiobwc.com/employer/programs/safety/empgrants.asp.
Also during the Safety Council meeting, Jim Wise, regional business development manager at BWC, introduced himself. He said he is currently working on outreach and communication with employers about some new programming and grants available. Wise also said that less than 5 percent of Ohio employers participate in a Safety Council, which BWC would like to improve.
Galion Safety Council’s next meeting is March 21 at 11:30 a.m., in the banquet room of BJ’s Family Restaurant.