COLUMBUS – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is accelerating new health and safety initiatives that are slated  to launch in the first quarter of 2018. This week, the BWC has posted two Requests for Proposals (RFPs):

  • One seeks a supplier to manage workplace health and wellness programs.
  • Another seeks a supplier to design and lead an educational campaign teaching the importance of health and safety at work and in the home.

Both April announcements are part of BWC’s Third Billion Back rebate.

“Ohio is a national leader in reducing workplace injuries. We have an opportunity to further reduce injuries and deaths by promoting health and wellness and creating a culture of safety in every Ohio workplace,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “We hope to instill in all Ohioans the importance of safety so it becomes a mindset for them, at work and at home.” Concurrently, the BWC will launch a $2 million statewide safety awareness and educational campaign to prevent injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents, over-exertions, slips and trip/ falls, which account for over 60 percent of their workplace injury claims. The $6 million investment will target Ohioans:

  • That work for employers with 50 or fewer employees in specific high-risk industries
  • That are among a segment of injured workers with specific types of injuries.

The campaign effort includes online and mobile training resources that will teach and reinforce safety at home and in the workplace including health risk assessments, biometric screenings, lifestyle management and coaching, and chronic disease management. The RFPs can be found here and here. The Third Billion Back rebate plan also includes $15 million for each of the next two years for Safety Intervention Grants, with $4 million targeted toward programs that help firefighters and those who work with children and adults with disabilities.