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!

Your winning game plan is at OSC18

By Abe Al-Tarawneh, Ph.D., Superintendent, BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene

Teamwork and planning are the keys to nearly every successful endeavor. This includes making Ohio’s workplaces safer and more productive.

This year’s Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC18) has the resources all Ohio employers need to strengthen their safety team, from frontline workers to upper management. It also shows attendees how to draw up a safety game plan to cut costs and, more important, to protect their workforce.

OSC18 – which tips off today at the Greater Columbus Convention Center – is expected to host more than 8,000 attendees and will feature hundreds of educational sessions taught by safety experts from across the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. It also boasts a lively Expo Marketplace with more than 200 vendors offering the latest in cutting-edge products and services.

While visiting the Expo Marketplace, stop by the Safety Innovation Awards section and vote for your favorite of four finalists for this year’s awards. Then check out the exoskeleton display to see how workplace technology is making the leap from science fiction to reality. We also invite you to visit our BWC booth to learn about our programs including our new Better You, Better Ohio!™ health and wellness program for the workforce.

Safety – It’s a team effort is the theme of OSC18. And it truly takes a team to put together this annual event – now the largest regional safety conference in the country. From planning committees and guest speakers to the expo vendors and BWC staff, I truly appreciate the excellent work of this team in planning and executing this world-class event.

I hope you enjoy your experience while you’re at OSC18. I also hope you take the knowledge you’ve gained back to your workplace to bolster your safety teams and develop a winning game plan to keep all your workers safe and healthy on the job.

OSC & OMHS bring the latest innovations to safety and medicine

Yesterday proved to be another great day at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo a.k.a. #OSC16! The expo hall was in full swing until closing time at 12:30p.m. and classes continued throughout the day.
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Safety Innovations award winners were announced during the morning general session.
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First Place – Cooper Farms Feed & Animal $6,000
Second Place – Ashland, Inc. $4,000
Third Place – Midmark Corporation $3,000
Fourth Place – City of Cuyahoga Falls $1,500
Fifth Place – AWP, Inc. $1,500
People’s Choice – Cooper Farms Feed & Animal $1,000

You can see video of each award winner’s innovation on YouTube.  Congratulations to all!

In addition to #OSC16, we kicked off the very first Ohio Medical & Health Symposium. BWC’s Chief Medical Officer opened up the event along with Bonnie Burman, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging. Dr. Gary Franklin of the Washington State Department of Labor Industries presented on the opioid crisis, focusing on trends and best practices.

Pain management and neuromusculoskeletal sessions took place throughout the day, including the prescribing panel below.
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Here’s what today’s schedule looks like for both events.

Safety Congress
7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Registration
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half- and full-day workshops

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Follow along on Twitter @OhioBWC and #OSC16.