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L&I offering grants to help workplace safety and health innovations come to life

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September 5, 2017 #17-031

Tumwater – Every year, hundreds of people are hurt or killed on the job in Washington. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is always looking for ways to make workplaces safer and lower that number. One of those ways is to provide grants for projects and ideas to improve workplace safety and health.

A new round of safety and health grants is now available through L&I 's Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program. Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2017.

The agency is looking for innovative ideas for training, equipment or strategies to protect workers and prevent injuries. In the past two years, SHIP grants funded 19 safety and health projects at a total of $2.5 million.

Recent grants have funded projects to prevent injuries among special education teachers and to create a best practices manual to reduce the risk of cancer in firefighters. A list of successful grant projects is available at L&I 's Safety Grants website.

SHIP grants are meant to encourage innovative solutions to occupational health and safety challenges, as well as to promote labor and management working together to make workplaces safer.

Grants are also available for return-to-work projects. The goal of these grants is to encourage new ways to help injured workers get back to work so that employers can have the processes in place before an injury occurs. The return-to-work grant period is open until further notice.

The grants are capped at $150,000 and the projects must be completed in 24 months.

The L&I Safety Grants website ( has complete information on how to get started or to apply. Information is also available by calling 360-902-5588.


For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413.

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