LANSING — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that companies with 250 or fewer employees can apply for a matching grant of up to $5,000 to make improvements in workplace safety and health.

The MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) program is designed to create a safer and healthier work environment while reducing the risk of injury and illness.

The grant period begins Oct. 1, 2018, and continues on an ongoing basis until the $250,000 in funding is expended.

To qualify for the MIWISH program, an employer must:

n Have 250 or fewer employees company-wide

n Be under the jurisdiction of MIOSHA

n Conduct a site-specific evaluation from a qualified safety professional or committee to justify the equipment purchase

n Have the knowledge and experience to justify the project and be committed to its implementation.

n Be able to provide matching grant money and cover all estimated project costs

n Have a project “consistent with the recommendations of the safety and/or health evaluation” directly related to reducing the risk of injury or illness

According to a MIOSHA release, some examples of safety equipment include residential fall-protection systems, lifting equipment, monitoring equipment for confined-space entry, noise reduction controls, lock out/tag out systems, eyewash stations and cooling systems for agriculture-based worksites.

A limited number of MIWISH grants are available for training organizations.

For more information on the program, including how to apply, visit or contact MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training grant administrator at (517) 284-7811.