BWC Employees Receive National Research Award

Three BWC employees were recently presented the Alice Hamilton Award for Occupational Safety and Health in the Epidemiology and Surveillance category for their published research. Mike Lampl, Dave Robins, Steve Naber, and five members of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies wrote a paper titled “Workers’ Compensation … Continue reading BWC Employees Receive National Research Award

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

Investing in safety is good business

By Sarah D. Morrison, BWC Administrator/CEO Recent research published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics finds that managers of U.S. companies struggling to meet earnings expectations may risk the health and safety of workers to save on costs and please investors. We at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation believe skimping on safety to … Continue reading Investing in safety is good business

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

Who says Safety First?

By Ellen S. Nasner, BWC Education and Training Services Manager Safety First is a phrase we’ve all heard, but where did it come from? It originates from the Safety First Movement, a 20th century movement to reduce workplace hazards. The phrase has been in use since in the United States since the 1910s. It also became … Continue reading Who says Safety First?

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

Management commitment key to safety culture

By Rich Gaul, BWC Safety Technical Adviser Leadership is the key to creating the organizational change necessary to achieve a world-class safety culture. What is safety culture?  Culture is like the wind: you can’t really see it, but you see the effects it has on everything around it.  Although you may not be able to see the … Continue reading Management commitment key to safety culture

A Wellness Story

By Carol Morrison, Manager of Outreach Programs and Services Hello, I’m Carol Morrison and I run BWC’s Workplace Wellness Grant Program (WWGP). My own experience trying to lead a healthier lifestyle through workplace wellness activities prepared me to participate on a team to develop the WWGP. Here is some of what I experienced in my workplace … Continue reading A Wellness Story

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