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Ohio BWC gives $732,000 in workplace safety grants

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has given 29 Ohio employers over $732,000 in safety grants through the Safety Intervention Grant program. These employers, from over 19 counties in Ohio, including Franklin County, must now purchase equipment designed to reduce workplace injuries.

The Safety Intervention Grant Program provides financial assistance to employers toward the purchase of equipment that will enhance workplace safety. Any Ohio-state fund or public employer may participate and is eligible for a three-to-one matching grant. The BWC will give three times the amount of employer contributions up to $40,000 per eligibility cycle.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace, and if they do not comply with safety regulations, it is more likely that an on-the-job-injury will occur. One way in which employers can have a significant positive impact on workplace safety is by purchasing equipment that will reduce risk of injury. The BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene provides businesses with the necessary funds to purchase such equipment. Twenty-nine Ohio employers recently had their requests approved to purchase machinery, ranging from a mobile pallet turner to a dust collector vacuum.

According to the BWC, the purpose of the Safety Intervention Grant Program is to gauge the effectiveness of workplace safety interventions and share the results with Ohio employers. In return for three-to-one matching grants, Ohio employers must submit eight quarterly data reports and a case study with a cost benefit analysis one year after the grant was given.

If the number of workplace accidents or workplace injuries declined since implementing certain equipment, the BWC, as well as Ohio employers, would know about that particular equipment's success and companies in similar industries may also choose to implement it. Therefore, the BWC examines the reports to see what can be improved so that best practices for accident and injury prevention can be established for all Ohio employers.

Source: Workers Compensation, "Ohio Employers Receive $732,000 in Workplace Safety Grants," July 7, 2017

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