Making Ohio a Safer Place to Work

Making Ohio a safer place to work

An article by Michelle Francisco, Safety Council Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

We rely on the outstanding support of many Ohio organizations to assist in our mission to create a culture of workplace safety around the state.

Through sponsorship of more than 80 Ohio Safety Councils, educational institutions, industry associations, training providers and consulting businesses promote the importance of safe workplaces and rally businesses large and small to embrace safety as a core value within their organizations.

Ohio employers clearly value safety. Their success shows in the numbers.

Claims have fallen steadily — approximately 86,000 new claims were allowed in fiscal year 2017, down from 104,000 in 2010. The number of employers using BWC safety services grew by 70 percent since 2010. Since 2011, Ohio employers have taken advantage of BWC’s Safety Intervention Grant Program to purchase more than $77 million in tools and equipment that make their workplaces safer.

Those numbers are impressive, and so are many others:

  • A $1.5 billion employer rebate this summer followed rebates of $1 billion in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
  • The cost to purchase coverage is at its lowest point in 40 years.
  • All told, private and public employers have saved $8 billion in workers’ comp costs since 2011 through rebates, rate cuts and credits.

Those are dollars local employers are investing in their businesses and communities, all while keeping Ohio’s workforce safe and healthy.

Thank you to these organizations and every employer that participates in a safety council. We value your partnership and are pleased you have joined our effort to bring every Ohio workers home safe and healthy at the end of the day.

Ohio needs every employer to follow your lead and embrace the important role they play in keeping workers safe.

Together, we’re making Ohio a safer place to work.

Michelle Francisco

Safety Council Manager

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

 

‘Better You, Better Ohio!” Workplace Health Program

The following is a communication from the Ohio BWC posted here for your convenience. Click here for the full PDF.
A workplace health and wellness program offered by BWC
The backbone of a successful business is its workers, and the backbone of Ohio
is its workforce. At BWC, we take our mission to take care of Ohio’s workforce
seriously.
That’s why we’re offering Better You, Better Ohio!™ – a program designed to provide health and wellness resources and services to workers who work for small
employers (50 or fewer workers) in high-risk industries*. Better You, Better Ohio!
helps workers and their employers at no cost and through a simple, paperless
process.
How it helps employers
Employers can reap great benefits from having a healthy workforce. Healthy
employees are less prone to injury. And, when they are injured, their ability to
recover is enhanced greatly. Overall, employers with a healthy workforce have
lower workers’ compensation and health-care costs. Better You, Better Ohio! can:
  • Help prevent injuries through improved workforce health and safety;
  • Reduce absenteeism and improve presenteeism;
  • Reduce the severity of an injury;
  • Improve the recovery time from an injury;
  • Reduce time away from work due to an injury.
How it helps Ohio’s workforce
Better You, Better Ohio! gives workers a wealth of resources to help them take
ownership of their health and well-being. They can proactively pursue a healthier
lifestyle through free offerings that include:
•Health and wellness awareness, education and training;
•Health assessments and biometric screenings for better
understanding of their health and well-being;
•A member engagement website that allows them to develop health
plans and track their progress to achieve their goals;
•A state-of-the art mobile app for creating weekly action plans and
getting health tips;
•Digital coaching to help them on their journey to better health.
Better health pays off
Employers can use Better You, Better Ohio! to help manage and reduce their
workers’ compensation and health-care costs by having a healthier workforce.
Meanwhile, workers can earn financial rewards for taking steps to improve their
health and wellness such as completing a health assessment and a biometric
screening.
Even more important, with your help, we’ll improve the
health and well-being of our state’s workforce. Learn more!