Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant
and OAC 4123-17-56.
July 1, 2017
Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH)
New Policy issued October 2, 2017.
July 1, 2022
BWC created the Firefighter
Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant (FEEEG) Program as an extension and
modification of BWC’s general industry Safety
Intervention Grants Program. BWC uses the FEEEG Program to partner with
Ohio employers to minimize firefighter exposure to dangerous environmental
This policy applies to BWC
Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH), employers and their authorized
track grants: Applications for specific equipment where there is high risk
for injuries and illnesses, and the specific equipment is likely to have a
significant impact on eliminating future injuries and illnesses.
report and assessment: A review of the worksite and newly purchased and
implemented equipment using a checklist to observe and evaluate the area/task
where the equipment is used.
report and assessment: A review of the worksite prior to implementation of
the grant purchased equipment using a checklist to observe and evaluate the
area/task where the equipment will be used.
purchases: Equipment purchased prior to the receipt of the warrant from BWC
for the safety intervention grant. This includes ordered equipment, paid
equipment, and received paid equipment.
following definitions found in the Safety
Intervention Grants Program policy do not apply to the FEEEG:
Comprehensive safety report, eligibility cycle, moratorium list, and routine
A. Unless otherwise
specified in this policy, all application requirements, eligibility, participation
criteria, reporting, and procedures stated in the Safety
Intervention Grants Program policy apply to the applicants and participants
of the FEEEG Program. BWC will use this policy to set forth the unique
components of the FEEEG Program.
The employer must be a state-fund private or public taxing district employer
who employs firefighters.
The maximum total grant amount an employer can receive is $15,000. BWC
will use the last full policy year for which payroll information is available
to determine if matching funds are required from the employer:
An employer with total payroll greater than or equal to $500,000 is
eligible for a five-to-one matching grant. This means BWC gives $5 for every $1
the employer contributes.
An employer with total payroll less than $500,000 is eligible for a
grant with no matching fund requirement.
Employers participating in the Safety Intervention Grant Program are
eligible to apply.
Employers may apply for the FEEEG Program even
if they have received up to $40,000 in their current Safety Intervention
Grants eligibility cycle.
Employers who are in the Safety
Intervention Grants Program must be up to date on all
required documentation and reports to be eligible to apply for the FEEEG Program.
BWC reserves the right to visit the employer
based on the information provided in the application and complete:
A pre report and assessment before approval of
the application, and/or
A post report and assessment after the
approval of the grant application.
BWC reserves the right to randomly sample for
environmental elements during the worksite visits.
The employer is not required to:
Demonstrate the need for a safety intervention by describing the
significance of the problem and the effectiveness of the proposed solution.
Provide two years of baseline data.
The employer must access BWC’s web site and download the Application for
Safety Intervention Grant for Firefighters Exposure to Environmental Elements (SH-54).
The employer must provide BWC with the following data:
Number of active firefighters, further defined by:
Number of career firefighters.
Number of volunteer firefighters.
The total number of calls made in the last calendar year, further
Number of emergency medical service (EMS) calls.
Number of fire calls.
Number of hazardous material (HAZMAT) calls.
The employer is not required to contact the local BWC customer service
office to schedule an assessment by a BWC safety consultant.
The employer may only apply for, and only use grant funds to purchase, diesel
exhaust systems, turn-out gear extractor/washing machines, hoods with barrier
protection, and washable gloves.
The employer must answer all the questions on the application.
The employer must submit the completed application in writing to BWC.
Section V (Budget) and Section VI (Agreement)
of the application require the signature of an employee who has fiduciary
responsibility for the employer.
The employer agrees the signer of the agreement, or his or her
successor, will have the authority and responsibility to ensure the employer’s
FEEEG obligations are fulfilled to:
Purchase and implement the equipment,
Provide receipt documentation to BWC within one hundred twenty (120)
days of the date of the grant award, and
Submit a case study to BWC one year after the equipment implementation
There are no item limitations.
The employer is not required to explain any
prior rentals or testing of the requested equipment on the application.
E. BWC evaluation of application.
BWC will consider the employer’s application complete if the following
items are received:
The completed application.
The Statement of Agreement with original signatures.
The Budget page with original signatures and corresponding vendor quotes.
The firefighter grants are considered fast track grants and are reviewed
by two members of the Review Committee who recommend either approval or denial
of the application to the Superintendent of DSH.
The employer must agree to submit one case study
to BWC one year after the date the equipment was implemented.
The report must be submitted within thirty (30) days of the one year
The employer may request assistance from the BWC safety consultant.
The employer must complete and submit the case study online through a
link provided on BWC’s web page.
BWC will require an employer who fails to adhere to the reporting
requirement to reimburse the full amount of the grant.
Two and three year case study reports are optional.
The employer is not required to submit quarterly data reports to BWC for
two years after the equipment is implemented.
The employer is not required to contact a BWC safety consultant to
observe the equipment and complete a post report and post assessments.
There are no life expectancy requirements for the equipment purchased.
BWC will not approve, and the employer may not use, grant funds for
An employer has received a Safety Intervention
Grant in the amount of $40,000 to purchase a power cot system for the EMS unit.
The employer is behind on the required quarterly reports. The employer is now
applying for a $15,000 FEEEG to purchase a turn-out gear extractor/washing
employer participating in the Safety Intervention Grants Program must be
current on all receipt documentation and reporting to be eligible for the FEEEG
program. BWC will hold the FEEEG application for a period of forty-five (45)
days. If the employer does not submit the delinquent documentation within this
timeframe, BWC will return the FEEEG application to the employer.
An employer applies for a FEEEG in the amount of $10,000 to purchase a
diesel exhaust system. After receiving the funds, the employer submits another
FEEEG application two months later for $5,000 to purchase hoods with barrier
protection and washable gloves.
Response: This is acceptable. A single policy number can have
multiple FEEEGs as long as the total of all grants does not exceed $15,000 for
the life of the FEEEG Program.
An employer applies for a $12,000 FEEEG to
purchase a turn-out gear extractor/washing machine. The employer’s payroll for
the last full policy year for which payroll information is available is
Response: Since the payroll is over $500,000, the employer is
eligible for the matching five-to-one grant. BWC will provide $10,000 and the employer
must match this with $2,000.