This grant is now available for training purposes.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY
WORKPLACE SAFETY CONSULTATION UNIT
Notice of Safety Grants for Employers
The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces continuation of its safety hazard abatement matching grant program under Minnesota statutes, section 79.253, and Minnesota Rules, parts 5203.0010 through 5203.0070. Employers covered by workers’ compensation insurance, and those approved as self-insured employers, are eligible to apply for safety/health matching grants to abate safety hazards in their workplace. The safety/health hazards must have been identified in an on-site survey conducted by one of the following: 1) MNOSHA safety/health investigator, 2) DLI Workplace Safety Consultation safety/health consultant, 3) in-house employee safety/health committee, 4) workers’ compensation underwriter, 5) private safety/health consultant or 6) a person under contract with the Assigned Risk Plan. The on-site safety/health survey must have resulted in specifically recommended safety and/or health practices or equipment, training for purchased equipment, and/or tuition reimbursement designed to reduce the risk of injury to employees. Costs eligible for program participation are all or part of the cost of purchasing and installing recommended safety/health equipment, training for purchased equipment, tuition reimbursement, the cost of operating or maintaining safety/health equipment, and/or the cost of purchasing or renting real property, if necessary, to meet criteria established by the on-site safety/health survey. Automobiles, weapons, or personnel costs, such as salary and benefits, will not be covered by these grants.
Whether we approve your grant application or not, in no way diminishes, delays or absolves you of any obligation to abate hazards as required by law. No state funds will be distributed until all grant documents are signed by all parties; funds expended before that must not rely on grant approval. Invoices dated prior to your fully executed grant agreement are not eligible for this program.
Grants are limited to a total maximum match of $10,000 per project. The employer must provide at least $1.00 (one dollar) in project costs for every dollar awarded. No grant will be awarded for more than half the amount of the approved project. Projects will be judged according to the criteria established by law. Qualified projects having the greatest impact and feasibility will be given priority. Priority will also be given to projects meeting the other requirements for grants: creating production jobs in an area, preventing loss of jobs due to safety problems, and in areas that are the current focus of Minnesota OSHA compliance and consultation strategies, including public sector, food and kindred products, lumber and wood products, furniture and fixtures, paper and allied products, printing and publishing, rubber and miscellaneous plastics, industrial machinery and equipment, communications, hotels and other lodging places, automotive dealers and service stations, construction, health services, ergonomic.
The State of Minnesota is currently offering State grants for those companies that qualify. For more information please click on the link below.