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With a national focus on clean energy and zero emission initiatives, it is not surprising that the number of sources of grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency grants has dramatically increased at the state and federal level. However, there are also some long-standing programs to help fund manufacturing renewable energy and energy efficiency investments. Here are some examples of the variety of grants to support these projects by funding source and be sure to subscribe to the Manufacturing Grants Database to see all grant opportunities at the state and federal level! Utility Company Incentive Programs Many states provide funding to large utilities to incentivize energy efficiency projects undertaken by manufacturers. Many manufacturers don’t know this funding is available and don’t take advantage of it. Examples: Ameren Illinois and Missouri Business Energy Savings Programs – Industrial customers can access incentives for LED lighting, HVAC, compressed air, motor controls, refrigeration and more. Duke Energy’s Smart Saver Rebates and Incentives (North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida) – This utility incentivizes lighting upgrades, HVAC projects, industrial equipment purchases and provides custom incentive funding for larger projects that combine a variety of energy efficiency investments. State Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Programs While some state agencies, such as those in California, have had long-standing programs to help manufacturers purchase and install energy efficiency/renewable energy, many more states have now gotten on this bandwagon to meet aggressive emission reduction policies. Examples: Kentucky New Ventures Fund – The Kentucky New Energy Venture Fund (KNEV) supports the development and commercialization of alternative fuel and renewable energy products, processes, and services in Kentucky. Arkansas Level 2 EVSE Rebate Program – The Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Reimbursement Rebate Program provides rebates for the installation of Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations and is open to government, private, and non-profit entities across the state on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Hawaii Diesel Replacement Rebate (DRR) – The Diesel Replacement Rebate (DRR) program provides rebates for the replacement of medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles with new, battery-electric equivalents. Federal Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Programs As has been heavily publicized, the federal government has invested billions of dollars into reducing carbon emissions and installing energy efficient and renewable energy equipment, particularly for industrial facilities, which are some of the biggest sources of carbon emissions. USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) – The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Grants were increased from $250,000 to $500,000 for renewable energy systems this year. To find out if your facility qualifies for USDA funding, go to the USDA Eligibility Map and follow the prompts to go to the REAP program funding under Business Programs. Industrial Decarbonization and Emissions Reduction Demonstration-to-Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002936 – This program funds industrial decarbonization approaches to promote widespread technology adoption and incentivize low and net-zero carbon manufacturing. Concept papers are due 4/21/23. Now that you know about the sources of funding, how do you best access these grants? Here are some tips for those interested in applying for funding. Read the funding documents/websites carefully. Make sure you are eligible to apply for funding and that your project qualifies. Make sure to read any Requests for Proposal or Funding Opportunity Announcement documents carefully. If you are interested in USDA funding, first make sure your plant is in a qualified area. Provide enough “runway” to apply for and receive notification of funding prior to purchase of equipment or vehicles. If you plan to purchase any renewable energy or energy efficient equipment or vehicles, make sure you apply for the funding well in advance of the purchase to allow time for the funder to make its decision on award. With the exception of rebate programs, you will not be able to get funding to support equipment you have already purchased. Utilize the resources available to help you with applications. Many utility companies have Business Advisors that help manufacturers navigate the application process. You can contact them directly through the utility website. In addition, local USDA offices and government funding agencies have knowledgeable staff that can help you figure out if funding is right for your project.

2022 Missouri Workers' Compensation Injury Statistics


The Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) reported 108 fatalities for 2022:

  • 17 were in the Manufacturing industry

  • 88% of fatal injuries occurred in men

  • The month with the most fatalities was October (16)

17 Fatalities in the Manufacturing industry in 2022

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Approximately 91,000 workplace injuries were reported to DWC for 2022:

  • Manufacturing had the second most injury incidents

  • Top cause for injuries was "Lifting" followed by "Fall, Slip or Trip Injury on the Same Level"

  • Most Injuries occurred to 20-29 year olds and during the month of August.


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Helpful Articles

Updated OSHA Technical Manual: Noise Chapter

OSHA has published an updated OSHA Technical Manual (OTM) Noise Chapter. Changes include:

  • Revised information on evaluating noise exposures during extended work shifts.

  • New, brief sections with awareness-level information on workplace hazard analyses, training, and hearing conservation programs.

  • Updated information on noise equipment in use by the agency.

  • Updated information on how/where to obtain noise inspection data.

  • Updated guidance on performing optional age-adjustment for audiograms.

  • Appendixes revised to clarify technical information and reflect current capabilities and procedures.

On-Site Safety & Health Consultation Program

A confidential, no-charge service to assist small employers throughout the state of Missouri in reducing injuries and illnesses without penalty.

Fire Prevention Plan

This plan helps reduce the likelihood of a fire through basic fire prevention techniques. This sample Fire Prevention Plan is provided by the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program.

Hazard Communication Plan

This sample Hazard Communication Program provides a template and can be modified to reflect individual policies and procedures.

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

This sample Bloodborne Pathogens program is in order to comply with OSHA’s standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. This written program must be site specific.

Emergency Action Plan

To comply with OSHA’s standard for Emergency Action Plans, 29 CFR 1910.38, this written program must be site specific and can be modified to reflect individual policies and procedures.

Missouri State Energy Planning (MoSEP) Process Initiatives

This document summarizes the initiative ideas gathered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (department) during the Round 1 and Round 2 meetings of MoSEP Process Cycle 1. It provides an overview of the reasoning used by the department for identifying initiatives that can be addressed during Cycle 1.

Upcoming Training Courses

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NFPA 70E Arc
Flash Training

Oct 5, 2023 - Sedalia, MO

We will review the NFPA 70E 2021 updates and comparisons to 2018 standards. Students will learn the best practices for Electrical Safe Work, Electrical Hazards, Safety Maintenance Practices. 

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Confined Space -
Rescue Training

October 9, 2023

This confined space training course presents an overview of the OSHA Confined Spaces regulations as they relate to competent entrants and attendants. It covers basic concepts and a general overview of the regulations, including proper methods and rules that authorized entrants and attendants must follow before, during, and after confined space entry.

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Safety Circuit

Oct 19-20, 2023 - Lebanon, MO

Students will develop an understanding of the basic operation of modern and legacy safety relays, safety sensors, and safety outputs.  Students will be able to install, wire, commission, and troubleshoot simple single channel and dual channel safety circuits.


OSHA 10 Hour -

November 2-3, 2023

 Upon completion, the student will receive a temporary 10-hour card until the official OSHA 10-hour training card is received. Our classes are conducted with professionalism, real-life examples, and can be customized to meet your specific needs.



Employee Safety Manual 

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Safety Program



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Safety Talks Packet

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OSHA's Top 10 most frequently
cited workplace safety standards
for FY 2021 are:

1. Fall Protection - General Requirements (1926.501): 5,295 violations
2. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,527
3. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,026
4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 1,948
5. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 1,947
6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 1,698
7. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,666
8. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,452
9. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,420
10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,113

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