TUMWATER – Have an innovative idea for training, equipment or some other way of improving workplace safety and health? There may be a grant waiting for you.
The Department of Labor & Industries has announced a new round of grants available through the Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) program. Applications are now being accepted with a deadline set for Oct. 31, 2011.
SHIP grants are designed to encourage new ways of approaching occupational health and safety challenges, as well as promoting cooperation between labor and management. The state Legislature first funded the program in 2007 with $8 million.
Since then, SHIP grants have funded 41 projects developed by academic institutions, labor and business organizations, and agencies advocating workplace safety.
In the most recent legislative session, lawmakers added two new features to the SHIP program – funding projects that benefit small businesses and return-to-work programs for injured workers.
Of the applications involving projects addressing workplace safety and health, the SHIP program is particularly seeking projects that address work-related falls, injuries from workers being struck by equipment or objects, overexertion, workplace violence and musculoskeletal disorders, such as injuries to the back or shoulder.
A priority will be given to projects designed to prevent these problems in several high-risk industries including construction, trucking, hospitals and nursing homes, logging, or criminal justice. Special consideration will be given to projects that involve building effective safety committees and those that give organizations the tools to improve or build upon their workplace safety and health efforts.
Return to work projects are not being funded in this round, but will be added to the SHIP grant program in the future.
The grants for this round will not exceed $250,000 and the projects must be completed in 20 months.
For more information or an application packet, visit www.SafetyGrants.Lni.wa.gov or call 360-902-5588.
Source: WA L&I