Safety Intervention Grant for Employers Working with
Persons with Development Disabilities (EWPDD) Grant Program
and OAC 4123-17-56.
July 1, 2017
Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH)
New Policy issued September 22, 2017.
July 1, 2022
BWC created the Safety
Intervention Grant for Employers Working with Persons with Developmental
Disabilities (EWPDD) Grant Program as an extension and modification of BWC’s
general industry Safety
Intervention Grants Program. BWC uses the EWPDD Grant Program to partner
with Ohio employers who provide services to developmentally disabled children
and adults to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries or illnesses associated
with working with the developmentally disabled.
This policy applies to BWC
Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH), employers and their authorized
track grants: Applications for specific training and/or equipment where
there is high risk for injuries and illnesses, and the specific training and/or
equipment is likely to have a significant impact on eliminating future injuries
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.
C. Pre 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: Training and/or 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 EWPDD Grant
Program: Comprehensive safety report, eligibility cycle, moratorium list, and
routine replacement equipment.
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 EWPDD Grant Program. BWC will use this policy to set forth the unique
components of the EWPDD Grant Program.
employer must be a state fund private or public taxing district employer that
has employees who work with children or adults with developmental disabilities.
The employer must provide information on the application clearly describing the
services the employer provides to the developmentally disabled population.
employers may include, but are not limited to, county boards of developmental
disabilities, educational service centers, school districts, private schools,
and other profit and nonprofit organizations providing services to Ohioans with
maximum total grant amount an employer can receive is $20,000. The employer may
only use grant funds to purchase equipment and training described in this
purchases have a five-to-one matching grant requirement. This means BWC gives
$5 for every $1 the employer contributes.
is no matching fund requirement for training.
participating in the Safety Intervention Grant Program are eligible to apply.
may apply for the EWPDD Grant Program even if they have received up to $40,000 in their
current Safety Intervention Grants eligibility
b. 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 EWPDD Grant Program.
5. BWC reserves the right to visit the employer based on the
information provided in the application and complete:
a. A pre report and assessment before approval of the
b. A post report and assessment after the approval of the
6. The employer is not required to:
a. Demonstrate the need for a safety intervention by
describing the significance of the problem and the effectiveness of the
b. Provide two years of baseline data.
employer must access BWC’s web site and download the Application for Safety
Intervention Grant for Employers working with Persons with Developmental
employer must provide BWC with the following information:
of the organization.
of the job tasks impacted by the proposed training and equipment.
The number of employees performing these tasks.
number of developmentally disabled persons receiving services from the
employer must obtain detailed price quote(s) from the equipment and/or training
vendor. The quote must be specifically for the employer applying for the grant
and must list all items to be purchased. The price quote must include a contact
name and contact phone number from the equipment and/or training vendor. BWC
highly recommends obtaining a quote of one hundred twenty (120) days or longer.
employer is not required to contact the local BWC customer service office to
schedule an assessment by a BWC safety consultant.
employer may only apply for, and only use grant funds to purchase, the
and toileting chairs.
Nonviolent de-escalation and/or trauma informed care training.
de-escalation and/or trauma informed care training certification.
may approve a EWPDD grant application for equipment or training not listed in section
IV.D.1 above. An employer making such an application must fully explain each
item and its application towards the goal of reducing or eliminating injuries
employer must answer all the questions on the application.
employer must submit the completed application in writing to BWC.
V (Budget) and Section VI (Agreement) of the
application require the signature of an employee who has fiduciary
responsibility for the employer.
6. The employer agrees the signer of the agreement, or
his or her successor, will have the authority and responsibility to ensure the
employer’s EWPDD Grant Program obligations are fulfilled to:
and implement the equipment,
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
are no item limitations.
a county board of developmental disabilities, which falls under the county’s
BWC policy number, applies for a grant, BWC will distribute the grant funds to
the county board for the approved use.
evaluation of application.
will consider the employer’s application complete if the following items are
Statement of Agreement with original signatures.
The Budget page with original signatures and corresponding vendor
EWPDD 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.
employer must agree to submit one case study
to BWC one year after the training or the implementation of the equipment.
report must be submitted within thirty (30) days of the one year anniversary
date of the grant.
employer may request assistance from a BWC safety consultant.
The employer must complete and submit the case study online through a
link provided on the EWPDD Grant Program web page.
will require an employer who fails to adhere to the case study reporting
requirement to reimburse the full amount of the grant.
and three year case study reports are optional.
employer is not required to submit quarterly data reports to BWC for two years
after the equipment is implemented.
employer is not required to contact a BWC safety consultant to observe the
equipment and complete a post report and post assessments.
are no life expectancy requirements for the equipment purchased.
will not approve, and the employer may not use, grant funds for retroactive
employer providing services to adults with developmental disabilities received
a Safety Intervention Grant in the amount of $40,000 to purchase a portable
lift to assist with client mobility. The grant check was dated five months
prior to a EWPDD Grant Program application to purchase training for the
employer’s staff. The employer has not provided BWC the required receipt
documentation for the Safety Intervention Grant Program.
employer participating in the Safety Intervention Grants Program must be
current on all receipt documentation and reporting to be eligible for a EWPDD
grant. This employer will not be eligible to apply for the EWPDD Grant Program until
the required documentation is submitted. Additionally, this employer has
received the maximum amount allowed for the Safety Intervention Grant
employer providing services to children with developmental disabilities applies
for a EWPDD grant in the amount of $5,000 to cover the cost of training. Two
months after receiving the grant, the employer applies for $18,000 to purchase
The employer received $5,000 from BWC to train staff. The grant did not require
the employer to match the BWC funds. However, the employer must match the funds
awarded for the high/low tables. Since the tables cost $18,000, BWC will
provide $15,000 and the employer must contribute $3,000 to meet the five-to-one
matching requirement on equipment purchases. The employer has now received the
maximum of $20,000 allowed for the program and is not eligible for any