BWC safety grants protect worker health, save employers time, money

NIOSH-BWC study published in industry journal By Steve Naber, Ph.D., BWC Business Intelligence and Analytics Manager For more than 10 years, our Division of Safety & Hygiene has enjoyed the benefits of being in a cooperative research program with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Through the program, we share claims with … Continue reading BWC safety grants protect worker health, save employers time, money

BWC honors five Ohio employers for workplace safety innovations

By Jeff Hutchins, Manager, BWC Quality Assurance & Technical Safety Support We recently awarded cash prizes to five Ohio employers as part of our annual Safety Innovation Awards. We typically announce the winners at our annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, which did not take place as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.     The … Continue reading BWC honors five Ohio employers for workplace safety innovations

Have you heard? Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable

By Jeffrey Hutchins, Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor Hearing loss is something that can affect any of us not only at work, but in every aspect of our lives. However, because noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) happens gradually over time, many of us don’t give it the attention it deserves. That’s why the National Institute on Deafness … Continue reading Have you heard? Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable

Restaurant safety: It’s not just about food safety

By Ben Hissam, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Having worked in restaurants as a chef or chef manager for more than 10 years, I have seen first-hand the hazards of the industry. I remember the long hours, usually working six nights a week. It is a demanding job that you have to really love, getting satisfaction … Continue reading Restaurant safety: It’s not just about food safety

Eye protection: Are you in the 35-percent group?

By Greg Collins, Industrial Safety Administrator for the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Eye Injury Prevention Month is here, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has some information that you may find surprising. Each year, about 2.4 million people suffer an eye injury. Many people think these injuries mostly happen in the workplace. However, about … Continue reading Eye protection: Are you in the 35-percent group?

BWC safety consultant’s career inspired by family

By Michelle Gatchell, External Communications Meet Ohio BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist, Colleen Bolha from our Youngstown Service Office. She assists employers in Southern Mahoning County and Columbiana County with all their safety needs. Ohio employers receive safety consultation services from BWC free of charge as a benefit of their workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Last … Continue reading BWC safety consultant’s career inspired by family

Happy New Year… Reflecting on the past… Focusing on the Future

By Abe Al-Tarawneh, Superintendent, BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene For most, the end of a year and beginning of a new one serves for reflection on the past year and resolution for a better oncoming year. Last month (December) I had the privilege of presenting to the BWC Board of Directors on the Division … Continue reading Happy New Year… Reflecting on the past… Focusing on the Future

Do you hear what I hear?

By Jeff Hutchins, Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor The holiday season is filled with a variety of sounds, from singing children to ringing bells.  But if you have difficulty hearing those children’s voices, or if there is ringing in your ears even when no bells are present, then you may be one of the approximately 10 … Continue reading Do you hear what I hear?

Check out the Division of Safety and Hygiene’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

By Greg Collins, Industrial Safety Administrator, On-site Consultation Working with the BWC’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program can provide many benefits to a small, high-hazard employers. Here are a few of the benefits available from working with us: Get cost-effective professional occupational safety and health consulting for your work site. Call 1-800-282-1425 and request a visit. The Program’s … Continue reading Check out the Division of Safety and Hygiene’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

Researching Our Way to a Safer Ohio

Call for research grant proposals due Nov. 23 by Bernard J. Silkowski, BWC Director of Technical Services & Support Most of us pass by hundreds of road signs every day, rarely giving them a second thought. And if we do, I’ll wager it’s not about the thought that went into designing them. I began thinking … Continue reading Researching Our Way to a Safer Ohio