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 personal information removed and employer data with NIOSH and assist its researchers in various studies that use our data. Working together, we recently completed a study to evaluate the effectiveness of construction equipment Ohio employers purchased using our Safety Intervention Grant program from 2003 to 2016.

The findings

Though the study did not conduct a complete cost-benefit analysis, the data suggest our safety grants help improve worker safety and may also lead to cost savings for Ohio construction industry employers. In terms of cost savings, the study found:

  • An average productivity savings of $24,462 per grant.
  • The average savings due to less rework was $2,931 per grant.
  • The average savings due to reduced absenteeism was $859 per grant.

It also found equipment for cable pulling in electrical trades to be among the most effective. 

Other equipment scoring highly included concrete sawing equipment, skid steering attachments for concrete breaking, and boom lifts. The study’s results appear in the April edition of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. You can read the article here.

The objective

The objective of the study was to apply a systematic method to identify the types of construction equipment that were more effective in improving the safety and health of workers. The study’s authors focused on the construction industry because “it is a high-risk industry, and construction employers need more information about effective solutions (interventions) to address safety and health.”

The methodology

The researchers evaluated 153 construction industry safety grants, totaling $6.5 million in equipment costs. The study placed the grants into 24 groups based on the function of the equipment purchased. The analysis emphasized equipment that was purchased in multiple grants and that had high scores for both risk reduction for work-related musculoskeletal disorders and quality of information contained in the safety grant reports.

We provided the data for the study, which included pre-grant and post-grant claims information and employer survey results regarding risk-factor abatement, equipment effectiveness, employee acceptance, and the effects on productivity. The research team developed an evaluation system that assigned scores to each grant based on the quality of the information employers provided addressing these factors. The team then tallied the component scores in these categories to get a total score for each grant that reflected the quality of the information and the equipment effectiveness. BWC researchers also contributed by reviewing and assisting in the development of the scoring system and in preparing the study’s manuscript.


This study supports our belief that employers will see long-term cost savings when they invest in workplace safety. More importantly, investing in safety protects the health and well-being of workers throughout our state. That’s why we’ve been offering these grants to Ohio employers for more than 15 years.  

NIOSH researchers contributing to the study and paper include Brian Lowe, James Albers, Marie Hayden, and Steve Wurzelbacher; BWC’s contributors are Mike Lampl and Steve Naber.

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 awards recognize a handful of Ohio employers for developing innovative solutions to safety concerns in their workplaces. Because in-person judging did not happen at safety congress, we made the decision to award the five finalists $3,500 each.

More recently, we decided to place the awards on hiatus for 2021. We will use this time to review the program and prepare to return for 2022. 

“The COVID-19 emergency has forced us to adapt the way we do many things, including our Safety Innovation Awards,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “Even though we couldn’t provide these finalists the usual ceremony at safety congress, we applaud them for their innovative spirit and commitment to protecting their workers.”

This week, we’ve been posting videos on social media about this year’s award winners. If you missed them, you can learn about all the award winners below.

Diversified Fall Protection (Westlake) – Portable Truss Anchor

Diversified Fall Protection engineers, manufacturers, and distributes fall-protection equipment.

In an industrial setting, working at a height above machinery poses a fall hazard. Unstable ladders and limited styles of fall protection when working in such an environment are ineffective. Contributing to this hazard is the practice of tying off to structures that are not capable of supporting the load if a fall does take place.

This innovation is a portable personal fall protection anchor that installs quickly overhead into the opening of the bottom chord of a roof application. The Portable Truss Anchor uses the overhead truss system in a building to create an Occupational Safety and Health Administration-compliant anchorage point for working in high places. Unlike permanently attached fall protection anchor systems that require a self-retracting lanyard at each location, the Portable Truss Anchor is an alternative solution that installs in minutes – where and when workers need it.

More than 1,000 workers currently use the Portable Truss Anchor with no reported fall-related injures associated with its use.

Watch a video about Diversified Fall Protection’s Portable Truss Anchor on BWC’s YouTube Channel.

Fort Amanda Specialties (Lima) – Custom Cleaning-in-Place Safety Solution

Fort Amanda Specialties LLC is a joint venture of Nouryon and BASF Corporation. It is a chemical producer of high-quality chelates.

The production process uses transport screws to move solid product in a multi-product processing unit. Cleaning out these screws during product changes created safety exposures as workers had to remove the lids to wash the screws. This exposed workers to unguarded moving machinery, high-pressure water spray, and slip hazards from overspray on walking-working surfaces.

The company designed custom-made wash lids with Plexiglass windows for inspection as well as permanently mounted spray nozzles inside.  

The solution eliminates contact with moving equipment and exposure to high-pressure water. The enclosure contains wash water, reducing water use and eliminating slip hazards.

Watch a video about Fort Amanda Specialties’ Custom Cleaning-in-Place Solution on BWC’s YouTube Channel.

Mt. Vernon City Schools (Knox County) – Rapid Barricade

Mt. Vernon City Schools is a school district serving 3,800 students at six elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and a digital academy. 

If a school or other public building experiences a threat, most will activate a lock-down procedure. Door locking devices must be easy to deploy and remove and must withstand extreme force. Some locking devices do not comply with building/fire codes, require facility modifications to install or tools to deploy, and some require workers to verify deployment from a public area (i.e. the hallway), which exposes them to the threat.

The need was for a temporary door-locking device that meets all the fire code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and was always available, not stored somewhere.

School maintenance personnel worked with a local machine shop to create the now-patented Rapid Barricade. Workers can install the Rapid Barricade on any ADA-compliant door. It deploys in seconds and can withstand 1,200 pounds of force.

Watch a video about Mount Vernon City Schools’ Rapid Barricade on BWC’s YouTube Channel.

TFO Tech Co., LTD (Jeffersonville) – Furnace Pulley Unloader

TFO Tech Co. LTD produces automotive wheel hubs, crankshafts, CVT pulleys, and other parts.

Workers had to manually rake 10- to 13-pound parts approximately 2.5 feet into a bin as the parts exited the heat treat furnace. The parts coming from the furnace are near 300 degrees Celsius, meaning excessive heat was a hazard. The raking motion also exposed workers to ergonomic hazards – shoulder, elbow, back, and chest were the main areas of the body affected.

The innovation drops down and encloses the parts in a steel frame. The frame slides the product off the side of the conveyor and into the basket. Rather than manually raking the parts, workers complete the process with the push of a button. This removes the physical (ergonomic) aspect of the process and reduces the employees’ heat exposure because the operator’s panel is about 5 feet farther from the hot parts than the original operating position.

Watch a video about TFO Tech Co., LTD.’s Furnace Pulley Unloader on BWC’s YouTube Channel.

thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America (Hamilton) – Near Miss Reporting App

thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America manufactures shock absorbers for high-performance automobiles, motorsports, and off-road vehicles.

In a manufacturing facility that works around the clock with nearly 700 employees, unsafe acts and unsafe conditions were occurring. Unfortunately, they were often not reported, nor addressed. Before implementation, workers reported an average of four near misses per month, most coming from a few supervisors. Reporting was a cumbersome process, requiring the worker to download a four-page document from the intranet before completing it, printing it, and having it signed by multiple people.

This innovation changed the reporting process from a tedious paper document to a short, quick, and easy electronic submission via app. The company developed it using web-based software called Smartsheet. Now, any worker can submit the online form in the app, which inputs the information into a database similar to an Excel spreadsheet.

Near miss reports have increased from approximately 48 per year to more than 500 per year. The company’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable rate dropped from 3.03 to .91, and its lost-time accident rate dropped from 3.61 to 0.

Watch a video about thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America’s Near Miss Reporting App on BWC’s YouTube Channel.

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 help the company’s bottom line is a bad business plan. It is short-sighted and contradicts what experts in occupational health and safety have been telling us for years — investing in safety is good business.

As safety experts, we make this case every day, and I’m pleased to say many Ohio businesses agree. Businesses that invest in workplace safety and health reduce fatalities, injuries and illnesses. This means lower medical and legal expenses and lower costs to train replacement employees — all of which minimizes workers’ compensation costs and premiums. Moreover, employers often find improvements to workplace safety and health boost employee morale and productivity. And when that happens, the company’s financial performance usually gets a boost, too.

Various studies report that for every $1 invested in workplace safety, employers receive between $2 and $6 in return. Ohio BWC is investing in safety as well. We offer numerous opportunities for companies to get financial assistance when they invest in safety.

We offer $15 million in safety intervention grants each year. These grants provide three dollars for every one dollar the employer invests in new safety equipment, up to $40,000. More than 2,000 businesses have benefited from the grants over the past four years. In one study, published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine in 2014, we found employers who received BWC safety grants decreased the frequency of injuries in the area of the new equipment by 66 percent and the cost of injuries by 81 percent.

We employ safety consultants, industrial hygienists and ergonomists who will help businesses develop and maintain effective safety-management programs – all at no charge to the employer. We’ve helped 59 small companies in high-hazard industries achieve SHARP status, a prestigious safety designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In addition, Ohio employers have access to free informational services through our library, and they get free entry into two annual events we hold concurrently, the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (the second largest occupational safety and health event in the nation) and the Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium.

As many Ohio businesses have found, our programs work. The number of businesses using our safety services and programs grew by 70 percent between 2010 and 2015 to more than 21,000. The number of injuries in our system, meanwhile, fell by 13.2 percent, even as Ohio was experiencing job growth of 7.5 percent.

Preventing workplace injuries is part of our mission, and we’re ramping up these efforts starting early next year when we introduce a new program to provide health and wellness services to workers employed by small businesses in high hazard industries. Additionally, we plan to launch a safety campaign to educate the public about safety awareness at work and in the home. The campaign will focus on preventing injuries associated with slips, trips and falls, overexertion and motor vehicle accidents.

We want to create a culture of safety across Ohio. Safety should be a way of life for all of us. Those who think it’s not worth the investment are doomed to discover otherwise. Our workers deserve better than that.

Workplace safety a win for man and his best friend

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager

BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison presents a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Joe Geer, one of three veterinarians at the clinic, standing here with a patient, Tug.

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 radiation and noxious chemicals.

One vet hospital in Reynoldsburg figured out that working with safety experts at BWC could help them access newer technology that reduces dangers to their employees, and also stress on the animals.


Dr. Joe Geer and his staff gave BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison a close-up look at the new equipment.

The Rosehill Veterinary Hospital has been providing veterinary care for companion animals and some pocket pets since the early 1970s. Dr. Joe Geer and his staff partnered with BWC Safety Consultant Bev Morris to apply for a Safety Intervention Grant to purchase a new digital radiography and x-ray table that allows an immediate display of an image on a computer monitor, eliminating the need to hand develop films in noxious chemicals.

The digital images can be manipulated on the computer, reducing exposure to radiation during retakes. Eliminating retakes also reduces the required lifting and positioning of animals for a second time, which decreases the risk of bites and scratches and minimizes stress on the animals.

Now that’s a win for man and his best friend.

As impressive as the technology was, Tug quickly became the star of the demo.

Check out more on BWC’s Safety Intervention Grant Program here.

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 popular in Japan around this same time.

At that time in America, railroads and mines were some of the most dangerous places to work, yet they had the least protection for workers. In 1908, the federal government established a very limited compensation system for its employees which helped spur the states into action. In 1910, New York became the first state to pass a workmen’s compensation law.

Ohio followed soon after with the passage of the Ohio Workmen’s Compensation act in 1911. This act came in response to the unchecked and frequent workplace injuries and fatalities of the Industrial Era. It created a state insurance fund in 1912 to compensate workers who were injured on the job. The Industrial Commission of Ohio ran the system until 1955, when the Ohio General Assembly created the Ohio Bureau of Workmen’s Compensation.

Around this same time (1913 to be exact), the National Safety Council formed and adopted the emblem of a green cross with arms of equal length on a white background. To this day, it remains the symbol of protection against accidents. The federal government created the U.S. Department of Labor on March 4, 1913. By 1921, 46 states/jurisdictions had workmen’s compensation laws in force. Fifty years later – on April 28, 1971 – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched. Step by step, Safety First for the worker and the workplace moved to the forefront in the U.S.

Today, BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene plays a critical role to ensure safety comes first in Ohio’s workplaces. Find out more about all of the services and programs we offer employers and employees at no cost right here:

Fun fact: Safety comes from the French word “sauf” – which is the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes. So, remember – 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 in the following fields:

  • Occupational safety and health;
  • Ergonomics;
  • Industrial hygiene;
  • Risk management.

The positions are two-year paid, full-time with benefits. During the two years, the fellows will work alongside our safety, ergonomics and industrial hygiene consultants.

Throughout the program, they will participate in on-site safety, ergonomics, and industrial hygiene assessments and audits. Other assignments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Receiving hands-on training on the operation, maintenance and calibration of various equipment and tools used by Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH) safety, industrial hygiene and ergonomics consultants;
  • Completing classes offered by DSH in the areas of occupational safety, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and risk management;
  • Engaging in various research and operational projects;
  • Participating in the preparation and instruction of training courses, including the development of the following:
    • Background materials;
    • Training manuals;
    • Training exercises;
    • Measurement and evaluation tools;
    • Coordination of course instructor development teams.

In the second year of their employment, fellows must focus on one of the following three areas:

  • Occupational safety;
  • Ergonomics;
  • Industrial hygiene.

Program benefits
Through this opportunity, fellows will have access to the collective knowledge and experience of DSH staff in the areas of occupational safety and health, ergonomics and industrial hygiene as it relates to all economic sectors, including manufacturing, construction, commercial, service, public works, utilities, agriculture, mining, wholesale and retail, and transportation.

How to apply
Prospective candidates may apply at the state of Ohio’s job board, To find an exact description of the position go to Search for State of Ohio Government Jobs, and you will find it listed under workers’ compensation and called NEW! Occupational Safety & Hygiene Fellow.

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 culture, its presence is very palpable and it influences behaviors and attitudes throughout each workplace.  Top management’s commitment, support and attitude about safety will determine what type of safety culture exists in your workplace.

workplace safety training picA recent study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed safety processes and management factors in organizations with high, low, and exceptionally low incidence rates and found significant correlations between safety results and the core management competencies of the organization.  The study concluded that “Management commitment to safety is the major controlling influence in obtaining success.”

According to safety expert, the late Dr. Dan Petersen, “Leadership is crucial to safety results, as leadership forms the culture that determines what will and will not work in the organization’s safety efforts.”  If leadership is the key to success or failure – top management will either lead the safety culture change or they will be the barrier that prevents it.

It is not enough to simply change objectives, create superficial gimmicks or artificial excitement around safety.  A world-class safety culture can only be a reality when safety is fully integrated into the executive mission and the line management organization. Enhancing overall safety in the most efficient manner requires the adoption of a systems approach to safety management.

A systems approach to safety management is the application of engineering and management principles, criteria, and techniques to achieve an acceptable level of safety throughout all phases of a system.  It involves a detailed evaluation of and changes to the operational systems, structures and processes that drive organizational performance.  This process includes goal setting, planning, documentation, and regular evaluation of performance to ensure that goals are being met.  Systems safety necessitates a cultural change in an organization so that “safe operations” is the objective behind every action and decision by both those who develop and oversee procedures and those who carry them out.

Systems safety does not involve imposing an additional layer of oversight or regulations on the organization.  Rather, it is an organizational shift that is seamlessly integrated into the routine day-to-day operations.  Systems safety takes a proactive approach to safety management that goes beyond the prescriptive audits and checklist-based inspections to develop procedures and indicators that anticipate safety risk.  Safety responsibilities are spread throughout all levels and segments of the organization.  This increase in the number of people engaged in safety activities makes it less likely that a hazard will go undetected and possibly lead to an accident.  System safety recognizes that human and organizational errors can never be entirely eliminated and seeks to reduce them by developing a safety-oriented culture.

For additional information or assistance with your safety management system, please check out our web site at and go to the safety services section.

Blog sources:

  • The impact of management’s commitment on Employee Behavior: A field study – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • Safety Management: A call for (R)evolution by Larry Hanson – Professional Safety: Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Aviation safety management systems as a template for aligning with business strategy in other industries. By AJ Bayuk, Creative Ventures International LLC., 400 South 2nd Street, Suite 402_B, Philadelphia, PA 19147
  • Shaping a Safety Culture by Andrew D. ShamRao, Ph.D.
  • Integrating Safety Into TQM by Dan Petersen

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 wellness journey.  BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene relocated from the William Green Building in downtown
Columbus, Ohio to Pickerington, Ohio in the summer of 1995.  I knew that I would miss the downtown location on many levels, with the exception of the traffic and the parking.  For me, the downtown location provided an abundance of restaurant choices all within walking distance, which gave me ample opportunity to not only get out from behind my desk, but to get my 10,000 steps in.

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Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OCOSH) in Pickerington

Fast forward a few years at the Pickerington facility. Unfortunately, only a handful of restaurant choices are within safe walking distance.  So instead of having an end goal of getting my steps in by walking to restaurants, the end goal became just to walk so we would walk the  neighborhoods surrounding the facility.  Several of my colleagues decided to map out the steps and miles in the neighborhoods.

ocosh map 2The next wellness activity I was introduced to was yoga. We were very fortunate to have a certified yoga instructor on staff who offered 30-45 minute yoga sessions during our lunch.  This type of activity helped me relieve stress from the day and continue on rejuvenated.

Over the years we found that friendly competitions in walking and things like WII bowling got people up and moving. This not only promoted interest in wellness activities but built camaraderie among different departments.

For me, the common thread among all of the above activities was that I felt I was doing something good for myself. But that was not enough.  I was not purposely addressing health risks identified through completing a biometric screening, nor was I attempting to modify behaviors as a result of a health risk appraisal, which constitutes a comprehensive wellness program.

Eventually the state initiated a wellness program. For the last 5 years I have participated in our “Take Charge, Live Well” workplace wellness program, participating not only in activities but also completing the yearly health risk appraisal and biometric screening.  This has taught me that the screening, which includes measurement of physical characteristics like height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure and a blood draw that tells you your cholesterol and sugar levels is necessary to choose wellness activities. Same holds true with the health risk appraisal, which assesses behaviors that impact your health. All this had changed the way I live my life. I joined a gym, I eat healthier, and I still count my steps.

My wellness journey let me see the overall impact wellness activities have on employees, and helped me be able to join a team to create and run BWC’s WWGP. The program gives the gift of wellness to employees across the state whose employers realize the benefits of a wellness program to their employees and their business.

For more information on the grant program, click here.

If you are an employee, and your employer offers a wellness program, my question for you is are you participating? Are you fully engaged in the program?  Or are you doing enough just to feel good?

If you are an employer, are you offering a Workplace Wellness program for your employees?  If not, why not?


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.

Isign began thinking about this as a teen, after I was hired to paint a sign for my church.  How big should the lettering be?  How wide and long should I make the shaft of the directional arrow?  What’s the best size and shape for the arrowhead so it could be easily discerned by a passing motorist?  While making “parking in the rear” too small was unlikely to have dire consequences, the process made me wonder why highway signs are the way they are.

Now I know that human factors research has answered these types of questions, and, that the findings of that research have been incorporated into standards for highway signage.  These standards are effective because they allow passing motorists to quickly and clearly recognize the guidance the signs are conveying.  This improves highway safety and is a good example of turning research into practice.

This is what we hope to achieve with the BWC research grant program. We believe through research, experts can learn things that can be used to make Ohio’s workplaces safer. At this very minute, nine safety research studies funded by $2 million in grants from the BWC are underway at six Ohio universities.  These projects, due for completion in 2017, were chosen for their potential to positively affect the overall safety, health, productivity, and competitiveness of Ohio’s workforce.

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Three of these projects are targeting the health care industry, which had the third highest rate of injury in the state in 2014.  Another is studying how pushing and pulling activities cause low back and shoulder injuries, and another, the dynamic assessment of torque tools, both areas for which there has been surprisingly little research.  Other researchers are looking at certain aspects of the safety and health risks of stored grain facilities, preventing injuries using wearable computer technology, Total Worker Health, and integrating safety and ergonomics with lean and six sigma processes in manufacturing.

Call for research proposals
The second round of grants, which will total $1 million, is open to any college, university, or not-for-profit research institution located within Ohio.  Research proposals are welcome until 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 23 for any occupational safety and health (OS&H) topical area.  We are, however, particularly interested in the following areas:

  • Assessing the occupational exposure of firefighters to agents that lead to the development of occupational disease
  • Prevention of injuries
    • In the wholesale and retail sector
    • Among firefighters working for small firefighting divisions
    • Among construction workers (especially injuries caused by falls)
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders
    • In the automotive service sector
    • Especially those disorders associated with back, shoulder, and knee
  • Studying treatment outcomes for back, knee, and shoulder injuries
  • Development of innovative solutions/methods/tools
    • To quantify the effectiveness and return on investment (ROI) for implementing OS&H or ergonomics interventions in the workplace
    • To improve OS&H management
    • To improve employees’ perceptions, participation, and commitment to safety in the workplace.

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Putting the safety aspect aside for a moment, there are other benefits to this grant program.  It keeps employer premium dollars in the Buckeye State by investing them at our educational institutions and providing educational and employment opportunities for students and researchers.  Our industries become more competitive because improvements in safety, quality, and productivity go hand-in-hand.  The program fosters collaboration between academia and industry and helps make Ohio a center of safety proactivity, improvement and innovation—a name for which Ohio is becoming known nationally.

Can research be exciting? It certainly can when it leads to safer and more healthful workplaces.  That’s why we created the research program in the first place and always welcome ideas for future research projects.

For details about the Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Research Program and this year’s call for proposals, click here.