Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work. In 2011 alone, U.S. hospitals, recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, which computes to a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees. Also reported is the fact that injury and illness rates in hospitals nearly doubles the rate for private industry and is higher than rates in construction and manufacturing – two industries traditionally thought to be relatively hazardous.
Bringing it home, what about these statistics frighten you? We’ve often heard that employees are our #1 asset, and they are, and we know payroll is a large expense item for your organization. So, what is the workplace hazard related to employee safety that keeps you up at night? Who are the team members most likely to receive workplace injuries at your facility? What areas or departments make up this group of offenders and what duties constitute those injuries?
We might not be able to solve all your workplace safety issues, but if your desire is to decrease the number and severity of workers’ compensation claims while improving employee and patient safety, we have a solution for you!
The Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Fund (HWCF) managed by Inspirien is proud to bring its members a NEW Grant Program which will allow you to implement initiatives targeted at improving employee safety and promoting risk reduction to decrease workers’ compensation exposures.
The program objective is to encourage and support Member efforts in developing innovative safety-sensitive projects while mitigating the costs of developing, participating in or enhancing a risk reduction strategy, program or process.
HWCF will award up to $50,000 in grants. Grants will range up to a maximum of $10,000 per facility with winners announced on April 26, 2017. In addition to those winners, all Members will benefit from Inspired Ideas which will be shared to encourage and support HWCF members in the development of innovative safety-sensitive projects.
So, don’t wait! Applications are due March 10, 2017.
Find out more about the HWCF grant and help us decrease workplace safety injury statistics for Alabama and improve employee safety in our communities by participating in our Grant Webinar kick-off on January 18th or January 24th. Click here to register!