We’re looking for a few great innovators

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer

Has your organization developed a new piece of equipment, tool or process to reduce risk to your workforce? Have you made changes to an existing method to improve safety and health in your workplace?  If so, you could earn a cash prize for your ingenuity by applying for a BWC Safety Innovation Award.

The application period for our 2018 Safety Innovation Awards is now open. We don’t consider whether the innovation is high-tech, low-tech or no-tech. We’re simply seeking solutions that reduce risk, create cost savings, and that have potential application to other workplaces, industries or operations.

If you are an Ohio employer – or know one – that has taken an innovative step to reduce risk of injury or illness, check out the award criteria and application.

We’re accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2017. Five finalists will receive cash awards, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 and statewide recognition at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo in Columbus March 7 to 9, 2018.

Last year’s finalists included innovations such as hydroblasting robots, a scaffold caddy and a pneumatically-operated cylinder clamp. You can check out descriptions and videos of all the finalists’ innovations here.

We hope seeing the past finalists and their ideas will inspire you to apply for the 2018 awards. If you have any questions about the program, email bwcsafetyinnovations@bwc.state.oh.us or call 1-800-644-6292.

We look forward to seeing your innovative approaches to eliminating workplace risks and hazards!

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