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For immediate release: June 2, 2016
National Safety Month Highlights Importance of Workplace Safety Education and Injury Prevention
BWC offers Ohio employers free safety courses all year long
Columbus - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) joins the National Safety Council in recognizing June as National Safety Month, when thousands of organizations across the country raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
"We at the Ohio BWC want employers and employees to think safety all year round, of course, but June is an excellent time for employers to review and update their safety programs and for employees to be especially mindful of good safety habits," said Ohio BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison.
June brings an end to the school year and an influx of young, less-experienced workers into the work force, some in jobs where they may not be too familiar with certain equipment, be it a deep fryer, a chipper-shredder or a carnival ride. The BWC calls on more experienced co-workers to be vigilant and lend guidance whenever possible. Employers can find related information and resources on BWC's Youth Safety web page.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. BWC reminds workers to follow these simple tips: hydrate, cover and rest.
BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene is an outstanding resource for Ohio employers seeking consultation on the most effective safety practices. Here are just a few areas to review as we kick off the summer:
For more information about safety, go to bwc.ohio.gov and click on Safety Services to get tips and information about grants and consultations. Employers can call 1-800-OHIOBWC to schedule safety consultations. All BWC safety services are included as part of employers’ premiums at no additional charge.
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Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation provides workers' compensation insurance to more than 250,000 public and private Ohio employers. With nearly 2,000 employees and assets of approximately $30 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio's workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.
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