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For immediate release: April 11, 2013

Compunet Clinical Laboratories recognized with Safety Innovations Award

BWC honors Dayton company for excellence in workplace safety solutions

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized Compunet Clinical Laboratories, winner of the Simplicity Award in the second annual Safety Innovations Award competition. BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer presented the award during BWC's annual Safety Congress & Expo 2013 (OSC13).

"I'm pleased that Compunet took action to protect their employees before sustaining an accident," said Buehrer. "Employers that demonstrate this level of commitment to safety show they're both concerned with their bottom line and protecting their most valuable resource - the hard-working men and women who work in their labs."

The Safety Innovations Award competition was introduced in 2012 at the Safety Congress & Expo, the state's longest-running occupational safety, health and workers' compensation conference. The top four companies in Ohio that received BWC grants were nominated to compete in this year's competition, which recognizes development of innovative ergonomic and/or safety solutions in Ohio's businesses. A panel of expert judges decided the winners in the categories of risk reduction, cost effectiveness, simplicity and innovation. OSC13 attendees decided the winner of the People's Choice award.

Compunet Clinical Laboratories is a regional diagnostics laboratory serving 16 counties in southwestern Ohio. The business was recognized for purchasing and customizing automated pipetting instruments, laboratory tools used to measure or transfer liquid. The innovation reduced risk factors for cumulative trauma disorder 77 percent. In addition, workflow was greatly improved and repetitive tasks associated with manual pipetting were eliminated. The business reports its techs now experience less stress and few, if any, ergonomic issues. While there weren't any injuries before the intervention, injuries were likely if the process continued without improvement.

The other award winners include:

  • Ghent Manufacturing of Lebanon (Warren County) - Innovation Award
  • Columbus Window Cleaning of Columbus (Franklin County) - Cost Savings Award
  • Miller Cable Company of Green Springs (Seneca County) - Risk Reduction Award and People's Choice Award

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