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City of Bowling Green Receives Safety Grant

TO: ALL NEWS ORGANIZATIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION
DATE: May 9, 2013 CONTACT: Kim Lancaster
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 270.393.3642

CITY OF BOWLING GREEN RECEIVES SAFETY GRANT

Bowling Green, KY – The City of Bowling Green was recently awarded a $2,748.30 reimbursement safety grant by the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS). This grant will be used for the City's Hearing Conservation program testing and training as well as the Kentucky Municipal Environmental Safety & Health Association (KMESHA) Annual Conference registration costs.

"We use every opportunity to make our City safer, said Safety and Risk Manager, David Weisbrodt. "In these uncertain times, grants such as this one are a practical way to make the City's budget go further as well as provide care and equipment that will enhance employee and public safety.”

The City's Hearing Conservation program requires all employees exposed to occupational noise to undergo annual audiometric testing and to be trained to understand the effects of noise on hearing, the purpose of hearing protection, and the instructions of selection, fitting, use and care of such devices.

Additionally, the City budgeted to send three employees to the KMESHA annual conference. Registration is $195.00 per employee and 50% of the total cost will be reimbursed through this safety grant program.

KLCIS helps members increase public safety with a number of proactive programs and services. Since the grant program began in 1999, over $3.2 million dollars has been awarded to over 100 cities throughout KY. A total of $440,000 has been awarded this year and will go toward training, slip resistant shoes, sidewalk repairs, confined space equipment, law enforcement accreditation fees and other equipment to improve public employee safety.

For more information, please contact Kim Lancaster at 393-3642.