May 2020: Celebrate National Nurses Month and Year of the Nurse

By Mary Charney, BSN, RN, BBA, Director of Nursing Nurses are heroes. Nurses make a difference. Not just in these challenging times during our battle with the coronavirus (COVID-19), but in our everyday lives and those of Ohio’s injured workers. The value that nurses contribute to health care and their role in society is why … Continue reading May 2020: Celebrate National Nurses Month and Year of the Nurse

Why the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is the best value around

By Bernie Silkowski, Superintendent, BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene In my role with our Division of Safety & Hygiene, I realize the importance of keeping our staff current on the latest updates and trends in workplace safety. I also understand the constraints tight budgets can have on getting this important training and education to … Continue reading Why the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is the best value around

Congrats to the 2020 Safety Innovation Awards finalists!

By Jeff Hutchins, Manager, BWC Quality Assurance & Technical Safety Support Sometimes workplace safety issues require employers to think outside the box for solutions. It’s inspiring to see the ideas they develop to overcome workplace hazards. To spotlight these employers, their innovative spirit, and their commitment to workplace safety, we sponsor our annual Safety Innovation … Continue reading Congrats to the 2020 Safety Innovation Awards finalists!

BWC adds three counties to worker recovery program

By Widlynn Milor, BWC Communications Department Intern BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud visited London, Ohio, on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to announce Clark, Greene, and Madison counties have joined a BWC program that encourages employers to hire workers in recovery from substance use disorder. Under BWC’s Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program (SUR-WSP), BWC will pay … Continue reading BWC adds three counties to worker recovery program

Deadline for Safety Grant applications approaches

Ohio employers seeking grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to invest in safety measures have until March 31 to apply for funds in this year’s fiscal budget. Employers who miss that deadline must wait until July 1, the first day to apply for fiscal 2021 funding under BWC’s popular Safety Grants program. “We … Continue reading Deadline for Safety Grant applications approaches

Fraudulent billing leads to occupational therapist’s conviction

Agency secures 6 fraud-related convictions in December    A northeast Ohio occupational therapist was convicted last month for felony workers’ compensation fraud for billing the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for treatment services she did not provide to patients. Susanna Kagalitskaya Freedman, of Euclid, pleaded guilty Dec. 17 in a Cuyahoga County court to a … Continue reading Fraudulent billing leads to occupational therapist’s conviction

BWC a force for growth, workplace safety, opioid solutions in 2019

By Stephanie McCloud, Administrator/CEO, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Some might view the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as a purely reactive agency — we compensate injured workers and help them get back to work, health, and life after a workplace injury. But as I reach my 1-year anniversary this week as BWC’s administrator and … Continue reading BWC a force for growth, workplace safety, opioid solutions in 2019

Did you know? BWC offers free OSHA courses

Make safety training a priority this year with free Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) courses offered by BWC! As partners in workplace safety and health, we want you and your employees to have a safe 2020. Specifically, we want to help you prevent workplace injuries by giving your employees up-to-date training. We have quite … Continue reading Did you know? BWC offers free OSHA courses

Follow these tips for safe holiday road trips

By Jessie Strait, BWC Communications Department College Intern  Many of us travel for the holidays in that not-so-jolly holiday traffic, and more cars on the road means more accidents. According to the National Safety Council, traveling by car during the holidays has the highest fatality rate of any other form of transportation. This is due … Continue reading Follow these tips for safe holiday road trips