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Impact Update: Ohio Increases Funding for Safety Interventions

In 2010, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OHBWC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed a formal partnership to protect Ohio workers from work-related injury and illness. Main goals were to 1) improve injury and illness prevention based on Ohio’s employer and employee needs and workers’ compensation (WC) data, 2) evaluate effectiveness of OHBWC-supported safety-health interventions and programs, and 3) disseminate industry specific best-practices based on scientific research.

This partnership is having direct impact. For example, since 1999 OHBWC has offered a Safety Intervention Grant (SIG) program where employers are provided matching funds to implement engineering controls. Recently, OHBWC and NIOSH Center for Workers’ Compensation (CWCS) studies (see found that the program significantly reduced affected employee claims and costs and OHBWC greatly expanded the annual budget. This past year, the SIG program provided $15 million to 535 employers and OHBWC allocated an additional $45 million for fiscal years 2015-17. OHBWC also allocated about $4 million to fund four major initiatives designed to enhance the safety, health and wellness of Ohio’s workforce. The initiatives include:

  1. Providing additional funding to the 81 safety councils throughout Ohio to conduct more training and seminars directed at improving the health and wellness of Ohio’s workforce.
  2. Providing additional funding for improved training for volunteer firefighters. The funding will allow close to 1,100 volunteer firefighters to receive “Fire Fighter 1 training,” a 120-hr training course which will improve their safety, preparedness and response time to emergencies.
  3. Through collaboration with business, labor and higher education institutions, OHBWC will provide funding to create and implement safety programming as part of required training for the skilled trades such as carpentry, welding and plumbing.
  4. In collaboration with higher education institutions in Ohio, OHBWC will fund small to medium size research-to-practice research projects with short and long term impact to prevent occupational accidents, injuries and illnesses.

OHBWC and NIOSH are analyzing WC injury data from 2001 to 2011. These data include the frequency and cost of claims per employee per year according to specific industry, size of employer, injury/ illness types and causes. The purpose of the analysis is to produce information that can be used by OHBWC insured employers to benchmark their safety and health performance versus industry peers and develop data-driven plans for prevention. This data will also be used by OHBWC and researchers to understand industry risk trends and tailor safety, health, and disability management services to efficiently allocate resources. The overall goal is to reduce the frequency and cost of work-related injuries and illnesses in Ohio. For more information, visit the OHBWC website:

Workers’ Compensation Surveillance Funding Opportunity

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has announced a Workers’ Compensation Surveillance Funding Opportunity.

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to compile, analyze, and disseminate workers’ compensation (WC) data to promote the prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, fatalities, and exposures to hazards within the states and throughout the nation. The WC Surveillance Cooperative Agreements are intended to provide state health and state WC agencies and other eligible organizations and businesses the resources to initiate or expand state-based WC surveillance and intervention activities.

NIOSH intends to commit approximately $5.4 million in new money over a period of six years to fund up to 9 states/grantees for three consecutive years (project period) per state. An applicant state may request up to $200, 000 in total costs per 12-month budget period. The application due dates follow: August 29, 2014, August 31, 2015, August 29, 2016 by 5:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time. A one-time resubmission application is allowed.

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