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 www.michigan.gov/mioshagrants or contact MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training grant administrator at (517) 284-7811.