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June 24, 2009

Grant money available from L&I for safety and health improvements

OLYMPIA – The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) said today it is accepting new grant applications for improving safety and health at Washington workplaces. An estimated $2,500,000 is available for grants in this funding cycle.

L&I Director Judy Schurke said that in today’s economic climate, it is especially important to find innovative ways to keep workplaces safe: “A healthy workforce lowers employers insurance costs, helps businesses meet today’s economic challenges, and keeps workers safe from injuries or illnesses.”

Schurke said the previous grant award winners have been instrumental in developing creative, new ways in advancing safety and health for workplaces in Washington.

Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grants are awarded to projects that seek to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, save lives, and educate workers and employers about workplace hazards and safe workplace practices. Priority will be given to proposals that involve cooperation between employers and employees or their representatives.

Organizations eligible to apply for grants include trade and business associations, labor organizations, employers, employee organizations, joint labor/management groups, and groups of employees. A Grant Review Committee of business and labor representatives will help L&I review grant proposals.
Completed applications must be received in the SHIP office or post marked not later than August 31, 2009. Applications submitted on previous forms of the SHIP application will not be accepted.

The SHIP program is hosting grant information sessions in their Olympia office. The sessions are designed to answer questions about SHIP grants or the application process.  There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. Contact Cathy Hakola at 360-902-5588 for registration information.

For additional information or assistance contact the SHIP program office at 360-902-5588 or invest@lni.wa.gov.

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For media information: Xenofon Moniodis, L&I, 360-902-6458, or monx235@lni.wa.gov

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