Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Ohio BWC’s recent announcement that it will be making a $44 million investment in workplace safety, health and wellness as part of the previously announced $1 billion rebate plan proposed by Governor John Kasich and approved by BWC’s Board.
The initiative is expected to launch in January and includes $6 million annually for a new health and wellness program for Ohioans working for small employers in specific high-risk industries, as well as injured workers with certain types of injuries. The program also extends the current annual funding level of $15 million for Safety Intervention Grants, setting aside $4 million a year split between two high-risk occupations: fire departments and employers that serve disabled children and adults. Another $2 million will go to a statewide safety campaign for slips, trips and falls, overexertion, and motor vehicle accidents, which are responsible for over 60% of workplace injuries in the state.
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