Time’s running out to apply for our Safety Innovation Awards!

Attention Ohio employers! The application deadline for the 2018 Safety Innovation Awards is just around the corner. To spotlight innovative Ohio employers and their ingenuity, we’re once again seeking entries for our Safety Innovation Award Program.

This annual program awards cash prizes from $1,000 to $6,000 to employers that develop innovative solutions to reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses to their employees.

Public and private employers may apply online on our website by Sept. 30.

Finalists will attend Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2019 (OSC19) in Columbus on March 6-8, 2019, to present their innovations to a judges’ panel and the public.

OSC19 attendees will determine the recipient of The People’s Choice award. We will present the awards during a ceremony at Safety Congress. Learn more about last year’s winners in the video below.

In addition to cash prizes, finalists and their innovations are:

  • Spotlighted in the Safety Congress event guide seen by thousands of attendees.
  • Featured in an area entirely dedicated to them in the Expo Marketplace at OSC19.
  • Honored in a ceremony at Safety Congress.

We can’t wait to see the ingenious and creative innovation you’ve developed to keep your workers safer and healthier on the job. Apply today!

If you have any questions about the program, email bwcsafetyinnovations@bwc.state.oh.us or call us at 1-800-644-6292.

OSC19 Call for Presenters: Diversity and Inclusion Track

By Carolina Thatcher, BWC Inclusion and Diversity Director

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is accepting presentation proposals for the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) track of the nation’s largest occupational-focused safety and health event, March 6 to 8, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Our Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC19) helps businesses keep their workforce safe, healthy and productive. Guest presenters from various states and more than 200 exhibitors share their knowledge and resources at this free event.

Audience
The D&I track attracts managers, organizational leaders, human resources professionals, D&I practitioners, attorneys, employers, and others interested in D&I, talent management, and employee engagement strategies.

Session Format
OSC19 offers more than 200 educational presentations with continuing education credits for a variety of professions. For the D&I track, we are seeking:

  • One-hour educational sessions, panel discussions and live demonstrations.
  • Three-hour workshops.

Target Audience
Selection committees may give additional consideration to proposals that meet the recommendations below.

  • The topic conveys practical applications of D&I knowledge for human resources and legal professionals.
  • Session content is appropriate for individuals in the field who are looking to develop or implement strategies to create an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion in the private or public sector.

Session Policies
Proposals shall not consist of more than five speakers, including a moderator. For multiple speakers, each speaker must agree to the terms of this submission.

  1. We do not accept sales presentations. Your proposal must be educational and free from commercial content.
  2. Your material should be original; otherwise, you must reference sources.
  3. We do not provide honorarium for concurrent sessions. Speakers are responsible for accommodations and all travel-related expenses.

Selection Criteria
The selection committee will consider numerous factors including, but not limited to, the criteria below.

  • Proposals contain proper sentence structure and correct spelling.
  • Session content is clearly organized, current, practical or innovative.
  • Session descriptions are substantive and explain the relevancy of the topic.
  • Session skill level is appropriate for the topic and targeted audience.

Please write clear learning objectives to complete the sentence “Participants will be able to…” Use action verbs such as define, describe, distinguish, explain, identify, list, recall, recognize, select and summarize.

Selection Timeline
Aug. 10, 2018  Proposal submission deadline
Oct. 31, 2018   We notify selected submitters

Commitment
If we select your proposal, we ask that you present the session at the designated date, time and location, and meet the deliverable deadlines we provide. The time-sensitive deliverables include, but are not limited to, the presenter logging on to the OSC19 Speaker Service Center, submitting audio-visual requirements and uploading session handout materials, etc. If emergency circumstances prevent you from fulfilling your commitment, we ask that you immediately notify us of the comparable subject-matter expert presenting on your behalf.

Ready to Submit?
If you have a topic for an OSC19 presentation that meets the above guidelines, we would love to hear from you. Please send your proposal via email to Diversity@bwc.state.oh.us.

We want you to present at OSC19!

By Julie Darby Martin, BWC Safety Congress Manager

Do you have knowledge to share that can keep workplaces safe and healthy? Are you good in front of a crowd?

If so, you could be a potential presenter for our Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2019 (OSC19), the nation’s largest occupational-focused safety and health event. We’re now accepting presentation proposals for this multi-day event, scheduled for March 6 – 8, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

OSC19 will feature more than 200 educational sessions taught by experts from across the nation. Topics include:

  • Safety management;
  • Government and regulation;
  • Health, wellness and rehabilitation;
  • Emergency preparedness and response;
  • Workers’ compensation;
  • Driving and transportation;
  • Training and education;
  • Personal protective equipment;
  • And much more.

We are seeking one-hour educational sessions, panel discussions and live demonstrations as well as three-hour and six-hour workshops. Typical attendees include occupational safety and risk-management directors, workers’ compensation managers, health and wellness leaders, and individuals with an interest in occupational safety and health, wellness, and rehabilitation of injured workers.

We’re accepting applications until July 13. For application guidelines and to register, visit our call for presentations site. Want to get a glimpse of the event? Check out our OSC18 Twitter recap.

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo for 2018: Another complete success

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department

As part of our Special Investigations Department (SID) mission to effectively and proactively prevent losses to the workers’ compensation system and to deter, detect, investigate and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud, we recognize the importance of educating and informing our stakeholders about how they may join us to combat fraud.

That’s why we annually schedule and conduct dozens of fraud presentations to groups of internal and external stakeholders throughout the state.

On March 7 and 8, at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2018, Shawn Fox, a SID special agent in charge, facilitated a workers’ compensation fraud presentation and Josh Grappy, a forensic computer specialist with the SID digital forensics unit, conducted a session on commercial uses, regulations and best practices for drones.

This annual event was another complete success. To a packed house, we shared techniques used to combat workers’ compensation fraud and to investigate safety violations. In the photo above SID Special Agent in Charge Shawn Fox walks attendees of a BWC Safety Congress & Expo through the steps he and his staff take when investigating a fraud allegation.

SID employees consistently promote fraud prevention strategies to stakeholders by means of social media, articles in periodicals, and presentations, such as participation in the annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, safety councils, MCOs and community-based organizations. These efforts educate, inform and build understanding of the BWC’s overall mission “to protect Ohio’s workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates.”

Since July 1, 2017, SID has conducted 51 fraud presentations describing and demonstrating how we accomplish our mission. Our SID employees share examples of successful cases and furnish all attendees with the means to detect and report suspected fraud.

We welcome requests for fraud presentations from all interested organizations. To schedule a fraud presentation, simply e-mail your request to Jeffrey.B.1@bwc.state.oh.us and we will promptly contact you to discuss your group’s event.

We hope you’ll contact us and look forward to meeting you soon!

For more details pertaining to our fraud prevention efforts, view our Annual Report here.

OSC18 – The postgame wrap-up

Thanks for joining the team!

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer

At Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC18) last week, we made the most important addition to our safety team: You!

For three days, more than 8,000 employers, workers, safety and medical professionals found their winning safety and health game plan at OSC18 and our Medical and Health Symposium.

We were thrilled to see so many of you tweeting and sharing your #OSC18 experience on Twitter! Check out our Twitter recap and scroll back through our blog coverage from last week while you’re here on the site.

Remember, to visit the OSC18 website’s Attendee Service Center if you need to print course attendance certificates or access presentation materials from many of the classes.

Now let’s go for a repeat! We’ll hold #OSC19 March 6-8, 2019, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. We can’t wait to team up with you again next year!


The crowd arrives for registration and badge pick-up.

Record numbers fill the convention center.


BWC Administrator Sarah Morrison tips off OSC18. If you missed her opening remarks, which included a sneak peek of our safety campaign commercial, you can watch it on YouTube.

Attendees put the full-court press on the Expo Marketplace!

Innovative all-stars: We announced the 2018 Safety Innovations Award winners March 8. Navistar took first place!


Fan favorites: MPW Industrial Services took home second place and the People’s Choice award.


In third place, Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Ramco Electric Motors received the honorable mention award and $1,500. Congratulations to all!

Safety, health and wellness – it’s a team effort!

Final day at the Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Ohio Safety Congress and Expo continues today with a total of nineteen educational sessions scheduled. Among them, a full day of leading edge technology. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. vendors and researchers will come together for a discussion on wearable devices known as industrial exoskeletons, developed to prevent workplace injuries. Read more about them here.

Take the Short North escalator to the second floor and you’ll find a full day of sessions at the Medical & Health Symposium. Presentations run from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vendors will also be available to chat about their programs and services.

A list of all remaining OSC18 and Medical & Health Symposium sessions can be found here.

We’ll be live tweeting from the symposium, so stay tuned to hashtag #BWCmhs and share your experiences too!

Looking for a recap of yesterday’s activities? Take a look at Twitter hashtags #OSC18  and #BWCmhs  or follow us @OhioBWC.

Be a workplace safety all-star!

It’s day two of the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo! We’re glad to have you here in Columbus once again this year.

Even more important, we’re pleased that so many of you put safety first!

The Expo Marketplace was busy all day yesterday. If you missed anything, make sure to stop by today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Classes ranging from wellness to emergency preparedness took place throughout the day. BWC Administrator Sarah Morrison kicked things off with a sneak peek at our new safety campaign commercial for a standing room only crowd.

Today’s general session will be held in the same location, the beautiful Battelle Grand Ballroom North in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. First, we’ll announce the winners of our Safety Innovation Awards followed by resilience strategist and team engagement expert, Linda Edgecombe.

Thanks to all of you who voted for your favorite innovation in the People’s Choice Award category.

We’ve seen a record number of you posting updates and photos on Twitter. Keep them coming! We look forward to experiencing Safety Congress from your perspective.

Remember to refer to your event guide or the mobile app for session descriptions and locations, expo marketplace map and passport to safety.

If you have questions about BWC programs or services, stop by our booth – #415!