Ergonomic Initiative Grant

Program Overview

North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) has seen a steady number of ergonomic related injuries each year and we are focused on preventative measures, rather than post-injury, to assist employers in controlling these costs. Cumulative trauma injuries (including strains) have accounted for approximately 35% of all reported claims in North Dakota over the past 5 years.

WSI’s Ergonomic Initiative Grant Program provides employers resources, including financial assistance, to address ergonomic issues. The purpose of the program is to reduce or eliminate cumulative-type injuries at the workplace. What typically begins as minor aches or pains, if ignored, has potential to develop into costly claims.

Financial Assistance for Provider Services

Under the program, WSI pays 75% of the provider fees and the employer pays 25%. The provider’s work and services will vary depending on the needs of the employer. Factors that determine the work and services include the number of employees, number of job classifications, type of work performed, and claims trends history (frequency and severity). 

The provider’s visit may include:

  • An ergonomic assessment to identify potential or existing problems
  • Ergonomic recommendations and interventions
  • Assistance with selecting appropriate ergonomic equipment
  • Ergonomic education and training

Financial Assistance for Ergonomic Equipment Purchases

The program also includes financial assistance for an employer to purchase ergonomic equipment. The provider must recommend the equipment in the ergonomic assessment.

Process Overview

  1. The employer completes the Ergonomic Initiative Employer Application
  2. WSI sends the employer an email approving or denying the application.

  3. The provider conducts the on-site visit and provides the employer with a final assessment. The employer is now eligible to apply for financial assistance.

  4. To apply for the financial assistance, the employer  must complete the Ergonomic Grant Application.

  5. Once WSI approves the grant application, and both parties sign the agreement, then the employer may purchase the equipment.

    • Equipment ordered, funds expended, or invoices dated prior to the agreement effective date are not eligible for reimbursement under this program.

  6. The employer must complete the Vendor (supplier or individual) On-Line Registration in order to receive reimbursement.
     
    • If you have questions regarding registration, contact the State Procurement, Vendor Registry Help Desk at 701-328-2773 or email spovendor@nd.gov
       
  7. Once the employer receives the equipment, they are eligible to submit the Ergonomic Grant Reimbursement Request form. The request must include the invoice(s) and proof of payment.

Provider Network Information

WSI has a network of contracted providers throughout North Dakota. This network is comprised of experienced healthcare professionals, primarily occupational and physical therapists, well versed in the field of ergonomics.

Provider Regional Map

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Direction questions regarding the Ergonomic Initiative Grant Program to:

Randy WeggeElizabeth Johnson
WSI Loss Control Ergonomic Coordinator WSI Loss Control Grant Program Specialist
Telephone: 701-328-6006Telephone: 701-328-3868
Toll Free: 800-777-5033Toll Free: 800-777-5033
Fax: 701-328-6028Fax: 701-328-6028
Email: rwegge@nd.govEmail: eljohnson@nd.gov