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GRIP on Safety Excellence Award

The GRIP on Safety Excellence Award was designed to identify and recognize GRIP members who have established an exceptional safety program. 

Benefits of the GRIP on Safety Excellence Award include:

  • Company recognition for safety excellence
  • Decrease in employee injuries and lost workdays
  • Reduction of regulatory compliance exposure
  • Lower workers comp insurance costs
  • Proactive way to mitigate risk
  • Increase competitive advantage
  • Improve employee morale

Download the GRIP on Safety Excellence Program Overview.pdf to get more information about eligibility and the application process.

If the Q&A section below cannot answer your questions, please contact safety@ernwest.com.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the online GRIP on Safety Excellence Award application form. 
Deadline is August 31, 2022.

Questions & Answers

Download a printable Q&A.pdf.

Yes, GRIP encourages all members to participate in the program. The program can be used to identify performance gaps and improve your overall safety program.

Any GRIP Retro member who meets the underwriting requirements of the GRIP retro program, has a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and days away restricted transfer (DART) 25% below the Washington State average based on NAICS Code for most current year, has an EMR at or below 0.7, has not had an employee in-patient hospitalization or fatality in the last three years or in application year, has not received a serious, willful or repeat L&I citation in the last three years or in application year, has achieved a performance score of 90%+ by deadline, and has been reviewed by the program administrator. 

Any GRIP Retro member actively enrolled and in good standing, has EMR at or below 0.8, has not had fatalities or in-patient hospitalizations companywide over the past two years or in application year, has not received a serious, willful or repeat L&I citation in the last two years, or in application year, and has submitted an application form with a score of 85% or greater by the application deadline.

Any GRIP member actively enrolled and in standing, has an EMR at or below 0.9, has not had a fatality or in-patient hospitalizations companywide over the past year, or in application year, has not received a serious, willful or repeat, L&I citation in the last year or in application year, and has submitted an application form with a score of 75% or greater by the application deadline.

Although you scored at a high level, you may have not met all the underwriting requirements for GOLD level. For example, your EMR may have been higher than what is required for the GOLD level or another company was chosen because they performed better during the review process.

Frequency rate can be calculated by the # of OSHA recordable injuries x 200,000/total manhours worked or click here to go to the BLS incident rate calculator and comparison tool.

No, completing an application will not guarantee a citation-free DOSH visit.

The program administrator will review all applications forms. 

GRIP encourages each company to engage as many employees as possible in the process. Consider using operations, human resources, safety managers, or safety committee members and employees in the process.

No, however companies who actively participate are more than likely to have lower insurance and workers’ compensation costs.

Yes, the information contained in each application form is viewed only by a program administrator and is kept confidential.

Companies who achieve the highest self-performance score will be contacted by the program administrator for a comprehensive onsite program review of their safety program.