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Unapproved purchases

The Safety Intervention Grant Program was developed to provide a safer workplace for employees. The program significantly reduces the risk of injury for employees using the implementation of engineering controls. Providing a safe work environment often requires a combination of controls, but engineering controls offer advantages over administrative controls and personal protective equipment. They have been the focus of the program since inception. 

The list of unapproved items includes those that are outside the scope of the program. This includes:

  • Equipment primarily necessary for the business (e.g., forklift). 
  • Items that are not engineering controls (e.g., PPE).
  • Items that don’t directly reduce workplace risk factors (e.g., lighting). 
  • Items outside the scope of the program (e.g., insurance). 

Note: The unapproved list is NOT all-inclusive.

Unapproved purchases

  • Anti-fatigue mats
  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs): portable electronic devices that treat life-threatening cardiac conditions with defibrillation.
  • Building and/or property improvements; equipment for new buildings
  • Certain kitchen and/or cafeteria items
    • Automated beverage dispensers: devices used to deliver ice and beverages.
    • Deep fryers: equipment associated with frying processes.
    • Dough mixers: device used to mix ingredients.
    • Food slicing, shredding, dicing and/or portioning equipment: any device or machine that reduces the size or portions of food or food products, slices, chops, cuts, etc. food.
    • Fry hoppers, oil filtration systems and related equipment: equipment for processing of french fries and/or oil filtration equipment.
    • Tables (e.g., cafeteria tables, etc.): any tables that allow for easier material handling (i.e., lighter tables).
  • Clothes pressing, laundering, and/or dry-cleaning machines: equipment used to iron/press clothing, or any type of machines used to clean clothes. 
    • Exception: specialty equipment for washing and drying firefighter turnout gear.
  • Crash attenuators: device intended to reduce the damage to structures, vehicles, and motorists resulting from a motor vehicle collision.
  • Consumable goods
  • Digital x-ray equipment: x-ray imaging equipment using digital sensors instead of radiographic film.
  • Equipment intended to meet minimum OSHA compliance, including basic machine guarding devices and equipment, standard guardrailing systems, etc.
  • Exercise or rehabilitation equipment: equipment used for exercising or rehabilitation.
  • Insurance
  • Lighting: changes or improvements in lighting to improve visibility.
  • Pallets: flat transport structures that support goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by forklifts or other jacking devices.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): any equipment worn by a worker protecting him/her from harm. This includes back belts and wrist splints.
  • Passive safety/security devices (e.g., cameras, security equipment, monitoring equipment, warning devices, computer and software programs, etc.)
  • Powered hand tools: tools held in the hand and powered by battery, electricity, or other power, including standard industrial/construction tools such as drills, saws, drivers, etc. These tools generally reduce manual force requirements. When using powered tool, safe work practices should be used.  
    • Exceptions: pipe saws, specialty tools, and tools specifically designed and used to reduce exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
  • Remote meter readers: technology used to automatically collect and read consumption, diagnostic, and status data from water meter or energy metering devices. This equipment can reduce slips/trips/fall injuries, animal bites, etc.
  • Rented or leased equipment
  • Road repair systems: equipment used to repair potholes, cracks, etc. This equipment can reduce manual shoveling.
  • Routine equipment replacement
  • Sitting and/or standing workstation equipment: including chairs, anti-fatigue mats, office furniture, computer workstation accessories, and workstations that allows the user to raise and lower their desk to sitting and standing height.
  • Storage bins: any bin or tub used for storage.
  • Tire changers, wheel balancers, alignment machines: equipment used in the tire industry to change tires and/or balance wheels.
  • Trailers (standard transportation trailers): equipment designed to be pulled by vehicles to transport vehicles, materials, goods, etc. 
    • Exception: trailers with intervention permanently/integrally mounted.
  • Training and training simulators: training simulators include any virtual medium through which various types of skills can be acquired.
  • Trench boxes and shoring equipment: Although this equipment is not eligible through the Safety Intervention Grant program, eligible employers may apply for this equipment through the Trench Safety Grant Program.
  • Truck/trailer restraints, dock leveling systems: equipment intended to prevent trailer/dock separation accidents. 
  • Vehicles, forklifts, and earth moving equipment: cars, trucks, tractors, utility vehicles, mowers, forklifts, telehandlers, earth moving equipment, and all equipment where the operator is seated or in an enclosed cab.
  • Vehicle lifts: lifts used to perform work on vehicles such as trucks, cars, tractors, etc. This equipment can allow employees to work in better postures underneath vehicles.
  • Warranties
  • Wearable devices, wearable technology, and exoskeletons
  • Wire/cable stripping equipment: equipment used to cut and strip away wiring and cable. This powered equipment can reduce the force requirements for employees.
  • Weaponry: all weapons including tasers.

Guidance for powered cots and cot loading equipment

Employers may apply for cot loading systems or cots with an integrated loading system. They may apply for a powered cot that raises and lowers the patient only if they are replacing a manual cot AND if they're also purchasing or applying for a powered load system that will safely assist in loading the cot and patient onto the ambulance.