Visit our booth at the 2022 Farm Science Review!

By Laura Mattimoe, Safety and Health Consultant The first time I heard about Farm Science Review (FSR) was from my son.  I was so proud of him. He was the School Farm Manager for the FFA chapter at our local high school. He had grown up on a farm – 90 acres that were planted, … Continue reading Visit our booth at the 2022 Farm Science Review!

Ergonomics: Challenges and Opportunities

Delia E. Treaster, Ph.D., CPE, Ergonomic Technical Advisor In recognition of National Ergonomics Month, this blog is part two of a two-part series focusing on ergonomics in the workplace. In our recent blog we talked about how participatory ergonomics is effective in reducing overexertion injuries. Participatory ergonomics is a long-term investment. It takes time to … Continue reading Ergonomics: Challenges and Opportunities

Reducing Overexertion Injuries

By Delia E. Treaster, Ph.D., CPE, Ergonomic Technical Advisor In recognition of National Ergonomics Month, this blog is part one of a two-part series focusing on ergonomics in the workplace Overexertion injuries cost Ohio employers nearly $134 million and accounted for almost 24% of accepted BWC claims in 2019.  An overexertion can occur when you … Continue reading Reducing Overexertion Injuries

Celebrate National Ergonomics Month with some new moves

By Delia Treaster, Ph.D., CPE, BWC Ergonomic Technical Advisor Have you ever noticed your wrists hurt after hours of working at the computer or your back hurts after standing all day at work? Over time, these daily discomforts can add up, leading to undue physical stress, chronic pain and even injury. That’s why practicing proper … Continue reading Celebrate National Ergonomics Month with some new moves

Exoskeletons gain momentum in preventing ergonomic injuries

By Delia Treaster, PhD, CPE, BWC Ergonomic Technical Advisor Exoskeletons are here! Formerly found in science fiction or action movies, exoskeletons have made the transition from fantasy to reality. Exoskeletons are wearable devices that augment the physical capability of the worker. They have been developed for military operations and medical rehabilitation, but exoskeletons are increasingly … Continue reading Exoskeletons gain momentum in preventing ergonomic injuries

Hey, don’t just sit there!

By Mike Lampl, BWC Research Director Unfortunately, it’s way too easy to spend a significant amount of time sitting throughout the day. Some studies show that office workers typically spend seven or more hours sitting at work. Add in driving to and from work, sitting at meals, sitting while watching television or reading, and you’ve … Continue reading Hey, don’t just sit there!

Workplace safety a win for man and his best friend

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager Veterinarians and their staffs will agree that taking x-rays of animals can be challenging - they get agitated and can lash out by biting and scratching. Vet techs must also lift and restrain the animals that can weigh hundreds of pounds, and developing film can expose them to … Continue reading Workplace safety a win for man and his best friend

BWC hires 3 fellows; 3 open slots remain in new occupational safety & hygiene fellowship

By Michelle Gatchell, BWC Communications BWC has hired three fellows into its new Safety & Hygiene Fellowship program and is still taking applications to fill three remaining slots. These fellowships are great opportunities for college graduates in the fields of occupational safety and health, engineering, industrial hygiene and/or or physical/natural sciences to receive on-the-job training … Continue reading BWC hires 3 fellows; 3 open slots remain in new occupational safety & hygiene fellowship

Use the power of knowledge to reduce injuries

By Ellen S. Nasner, BWC Education and Training Services Manager What is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your employees from workplace injuries and accidents? Arm yourself, and your employees, with knowledge. Safety experts at BWC can connect you with that knowledge. Safety training and education offerings available through our Division … Continue reading Use the power of knowledge to reduce injuries

Ever have a cramp or ache after work and wonder, “what did I do?”

Ergonomics of your workspace may be the answer to the question. By Mike Lampl, BWC Ergonomics Technical Advisor What is Ergonomics? A practical definition for ergonomics is the science of matching workers and workplaces in a manner that improves worker productivity while lowering the risk of injury and discomfort.  More scientifically, ergonomics is the study … Continue reading Ever have a cramp or ache after work and wonder, “what did I do?”