The BWC Safety Grant program is available to any Ohio state-fund or public employer who wishes to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation. This problem is used to reduce or illuminate injury and promote safety in the workforce.

With the Safety Grant program, employers are eligible for a 3 to 1 matching grant, up to a max of $40,000 for each cycle. This means BWC gives $3 for every $1 the employer contributes.

Employers will need to submit to BWC quarterly their data reports and a case study one year after the date of the intervention. This information will be used as documentation and to view the effectiveness of the program and give to opportunity to share amongst more employers.

Use of Grant Funds

Multiple Grants

BWC reserves the right to approve or deny any application based upon research needs and program needs. The safety intervention grant review board may deny grant applications for interventions for which BWC has already collected enough research information or for interventions that are outside the scope of the research program. You may apply for grant money more than once, not to exceed the maximum total amount of $40,000 as allowed per employer eligibility cycle.

Approved Purchases

You may only use the safety intervention grant to purchase ergonomic, safety and/or industrial hygiene equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. You may not use safety intervention grant funds for salaries, wages, internal labor and the cost of preparing the application. You must complete purchases within 90 days of receipt of grant award. BWC will hold a company responsible for using the grant in the intended manner. The company may face administrative, civil and/or criminal sanctions should it misappropriate funds.

Prior Purchases

You may not use grant money for safety interventions you’ve already purchased. This includes any or all of the following:

  • Ordered equipment;
  • Received equipment;
  • Received paid equipment.

If you make the purchase/payment prior to receipt of the grant check, BWC will consider the purchase retroactive and it will request return of the funds.


If the employer decides to make any changes to the intervention during the implementation, the changes must be approved prior to the implementation of such changes. You must submit requests for changes and/or modifications in writing as an addendum to your application, and provide BWC with an amended budget and itemized expense report.

Testing Equipment

Employers may test equipment before applying for a safety intervention grant. BWC grant funds will not be used to cover the cost of testing. Therefore, the agreement for the testing period is between the employer and the vendor. If the employer decides to test equipment and applies for grant funds to purchase the equipment, the baseline data must be the two-year period prior to the test period.

Return Unused Funds

You must reimburse BWC for funds you did not use from the Safety Intervention Grant Program within 30 days after the 90-day expiration date. Failure to repay BWC all unused portions of the grant may result in administrative, civil and/or criminal sanctions.

QC Material Handling Equipment started in 2009 as Queen City Material Handling Equipment, a distributor of material handling and industrial supply to the Cincinnati and Tri-State market, which today has expanded nationwide.

The Founder, Mike Rider, came from RE Condit Material Handling where he was the Cincinnati territory manager. After RE Condit closed suddenly and unexpectedly, Mike was left with customers needing service, and projects in mid process. With him having an entrepreneurial background he saw a need in the market and moved to fill the void.

Mike believes he can provide better service and exceed customer expectations through clear communication, education and technology.

These founding principles are what guide QC Material Handling Equipment today.

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