For immediate release: March 5, 2015
BWC funding workplace safety research at Ohio University
BWC awards research grants to fund nine projects across the state
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and Ohio Board of Regents today announced Ohio University (OU) has been awarded a $245,000 research grant
to improve workplace safety. OU is one of six higher education institutions in Ohio selected for $2 million in funding for nine research proposals.
"While workplace safety and accident prevention have long been part of our mission at BWC, we are pleased to now champion research in the area of occupational safety
and health research," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "We are excited to partner with some of the finest academic institutions in Ohio to support research that
could shift thinking on current workplace safety practices and introduce innovative approaches to preventing injuries and illnesses among Ohio's workforce."
BWC created the research grant program as a part of the Another Billion Back plan that returned $1 billion to Ohio public and private employers last summer. The program is
designed to support advanced research and promote innovation in the areas of workplace safety and health. BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene, assisted by the National
Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, scored applications and selected nine proposals. The Board of Regents assisted BWC in writing the program guidelines and
soliciting proposals from universities.
The OU College of Engineering and Technology will receive $244,981 to measure the impact of integrating safety and ergonomics into lean and six sigma processes
already in place at manufacturing companies in Ohio.
"I'm very excited because companies are looking for ways to leverage their ongoing activities in order to produce safer and more efficient workplaces," said
Diana J. Schwerha, PhD, Associate Professor at Ohio University. "We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with companies across the state on this
project, and are thankful to the BWC for this opportunity."
"It is wonderful to see Ohio's colleges and universities as research grant recipients," said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey. "It speaks well to the work
they are already doing, and this new research will make great strides toward keeping Ohio's workforce healthy."
Other higher education institutions selected for funding include Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of
Cincinnati, Cleveland State University and the Ohio State University. The projects cover a variety of topics, including:
- Standards and guidelines for pushing and pulling, Ohio State University, $249,268.89
- Standards and guidelines for torque wrenches, Ohio State University, $248,931
- Slips, trips and falls in the wholesale and construction industries, Case Western Reserve University, $249,975
- Safety for workers in grain bin operations, Ohio State University, $79,396
- Safe patient handling in long-term care facilities, University of Cincinnati, $249,999.67
- Total worker health and wellness, Case Western Reserve University, $250,000
- Safe patient handling among state tested nursing aides in nursing homes, Cleveland State University, $243,948
- Preventing injury, assault, and abuse of nurse aides working in long-term residential settings, Bowling Green State University, $249,999
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