Today the state of California announced a program to help non-essential businesses recover costs they spend on protective devices, equipment and supplies to keep their customers and employees safe.
Under the new program, businesses can apply for up to $10,000 in grant money to help them recover those costs. The fund, called Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund, will help State Fund policyholders implement new safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as California’s stay-at-home orders are lifted.
What can you do?
Follow the links below to determine what you need to do to be prepared to submit an application. For the full guidelines, visit: https://www.statefundca.com/Home/StaticIndex?id=https://content.statefundca.com//news/EssentialBusinessFundRequirements.asp
State Fund offers guidance on these requirements on our safety resource site, Safe At Work California.
In addition, all California employers are required to have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP, and a site-specific prevention plan. Policyholders who do not already have these plans, can create them using State Fund’s IIPP Builder and model pandemic prevention plan.
Here’s how to do it:
Applicant must be a current policyholder with State Fund and is eligible for reimbursement of COVID-19 related expenses as of March 1, 2020 or the inception date of the policy, whichever is later.
Submitted by an authorized company representative.
Associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Direct costs only (i.e. equipment, shipping, handling, delivery, mileage and when approved, staffing).
Related primarily to employee workplace safety.
Not reimbursable or anticipated to be reimbursed to the policyholder by another entity or government program.
Documented by written receipts, invoices or billing statements.
Related to new COVID-19 safety activities not previously in place or committed to by the policyholder prior to March 1, 2020.