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Safety Grants - Evaluating application
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Once BWC receives the following items, the application packet will be considered complete and ready for evaluation by the Review Committee.
Testing equipment - Employers may test equipment before applying for a safety intervention grant. BWC grant funds will not be used to cover the cost of testing. Therefore, the agreement for the testing period is between the employer and the vendor. If the employer decides to test equipment and applies for grant funds to purchase the equipment, the baseline data must be the two-year period prior to the test period.
External consultants - You may not use the grant money for external consultant fees.
Employees affected by the intervention - During participation in the Safety Intervention Grant Program, the employees affected by the intervention covered through the employer's policy within the state fund must remain under the policy.
Affected employees and payroll - The grant application evaluation process includes a review of reported payroll data. A portion of this evaluation involves comparing the number of affected employees with the reported payroll data. Employers should not apply for interventions for tasks that don't fall under the manual classifications for which payroll is reported. If the reported number of employees and payroll data do not support a practical hourly wage, the application will not be approved.
Equipment life expectancy - The intervention should have a life expectancy of at least five years. The employer must demonstrate this in their application.
Items frequently replaced - The grant will not fund intervention or intervention accessories` that will need to be frequently replaced.
Item limitations - Employers may not apply for more than five of any item with a cost less than $5,000. Exceptions may be considered if the employer provides thorough justification for the number of items needed. Employers are encouraged to discuss the number of items needed with their BWC consultant prior to submitting their grant application. Employers may not apply for more than two of any item with a cost greater than $5,000 for each item. Exceptions may be considered if the employer provides thorough justification for the number of items needed. Employers are encouraged to discuss the number of items needed with their BWC consultant prior to submitting their grant application.
Conditional approval - We may grant employers a conditional approval, which means the employer meet or agree to the conditions we set. If the employer fails to perform and report progress for any of these conditions, we will revoke the approval. And if the employer has received the grant funds, the company must return them. The conditions are specific to an individual employer's application and must be completed by the specified date. Multiple conditions may have different completion dates. Completion dates may be determined upon review of the application or by the BWC field consultant with input from the employer.
Fast track grants - BWC has identified specific equipment items which are reviewed through a "fast track" process. Fast track applications are reviewed by one Review Committee member and the Superintendent of the Division of Safety & Hygiene. Evaluation of applications through this process applies only to those involving equipment that were approved for a large number of applications in the past. These fast track items are those in which the task(s) are high risk and it is highly likely the intervention will have a significant impact on eliminating injuries in the future. Examples of fast track items include cot loading systems and patient lifting devices.
No job elimination - You must agree not to eliminate jobs due to the proposed intervention. You should further consider that we'll require you to reimburse us up to the full amount of the grant, should you fail to adhere to the contractual terms and conditions of the award.