Important Safety News from The Ohio BWC

Date: February 17, 2020

Safety Grant Application Deadline

Due to the popularity of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Safety Grants program, March 31, 2020, has been established as the deadline for employers to submit applications for fiscal year 2020 funds.

Applications for fiscal year 2020 via U.S. mail must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2020. The on-line application service will close after March 31 and not re-open until July 1, the first day of fiscal year 2021. 

The Ohio BWC Board of Directors requested an additional $30 million dollars for safety grants and the Controlling Board approved its request, raising the amount available for safety grants to $70 million for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Safety grants are fully funded by employer premiums, providing up to $40,000 to employers for training, wellness programs, and equipment to reduce injuries and illnesses. 

The March 31 deadline applies to the following grants:
•    Safety Intervention 
•    Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities
•    Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant
•    School Safety and Security
•    Workplace Wellness

Safety Grants are available to all Ohio state-fund, private and public taxing district employers to purchase equipment to eliminate or reduce workplace hazards. 

Employers can find more information on Ohio BWC Safety Grants programs on their website. 

More Safety News

There is a new safety campaign for trenching: 

BWC recently launched a new $2 million safety grant program to assist employers in purchasing equipment to protect their workers while working in trenching and excavating situations.

BWC’s Trench Safety Grant Program provides 4-to-1 matching funds, up to $12,000, to Ohio private and public employers covered by the State Insurance Fund who wish to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with trenching and excavation. The grant funds can assist employers in purchasing safety equipment, such as trench boxes and hydraulic shoring. Along with the grant, BWC will provide training and educational materials for employers to share with their employees on the basic requirements of trench safety.

Visit trenchsafetyohio.com for links to trenching safety information and tips, training, and publications.

January edition of Safety Update: Click here to get the latest news from NIOSH and OSHA. Also, find out how to register for the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo and our upcoming webinar on Better You, Better Ohio!™

Fleet safety toolkit: For our small- to mid-size employers with vehicle fleets, the Ohio BWC has created a fleet safety toolkit just for those companies to help develop and maintain a fleet safety program for their employees

2020 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo registration now open: New this year is an online attendance option. Click here to see a complete list of courses and to register.

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