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WSA Challenge fund second round opens for business

HSE InfoLine : 01 December, 2004  (Company News)
The aim of the fund is to inspire organisations to collaborate on projects that encourage and promote employees and their employers to work together to drive improvements in managing health and safety. The scheme focuses on small firms and organizations that lack such arrangements. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to improve health and safety, support the work of a WSA to promote worker involvement and demonstrate the vitality of the partnerships they have established to achieve this aim.
Bill Callaghan, Chair of the Health and Safety Commission, today announced the opening of the second round of the Worker Safety Adviser Challenge Fund. The fund operated by the Health and Safety Executive will run between April 2005 and March 2007.

The aim of the fund is to inspire organisations to collaborate on projects that encourage and promote employees and their employers to work together to drive improvements in managing health and safety. The scheme focuses on small firms and organizations that lack such arrangements. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to improve health and safety, support the work of a WSA to promote worker involvement and demonstrate the vitality of the partnerships they have established to achieve this aim.

Project North East manages the WSA Challenge Fund on HSE's behalf. The application form and details of how to apply can be found at: http://www.wsa-cf.org/.

Bill Callaghan said: 'We want to build on the success of this year's projects. We have already seen enterprising projects having an impact, making worker involvement in health and safety happen.'

'Increasing worker involvement has been shown to improve health and safety performance and is a key part of HSC's strategy. The WSA Challenge Fund is designed to help build partnerships that drive safety and health improvements. This is a great opportunity to get resources to help those who need them most, the employers and employees of small firms. We are again looking for innovative bids that show commitment to working together with partners and using WSAs as a lever for improvement.'

The maximum grant available during the second round is 200,000 spread over two years (100,000 for April 2005, March 2006 followed by a further 100,000 for April 2006 to March 2007). Up to 1 million pounds is available for each year. There will be a level playing field with current projects competing against new bids based on the quality of their applications.

Partnerships applying for funding can include workers, trade unions, employers trade associations, local authorities, voluntary organizations, chambers of commerce, professional bodies and other organizations committed to working together.

An independent Management Board appointed by the Health and Safety Executive will assess applications. Award winners for the second round of the Fund will be announced in March 2004, with funding commencing in 1 April 2005.

Completed and signed application forms should be sent to: Les Johnson Business Support Services, Project North East, 7-15 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DW, to reach him by Friday 21 January 2005.
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