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For immediate release: June 7, 2017

BWC Offers Unique Occupational Safety and Hygiene Fellowship

Columbus - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is taking applications for a new fellowship program. The fellowship is an opportunity for college graduates in the fields of occupational safety and health, engineering, industrial hygiene, and/or or physical/ natural sciences to receive on-the-job training in the fields of occupational safety and health, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and risk management.

"The safest workplaces are those with a culture of safety, and this program will help recent graduates take what they've learned and apply it to creating that safety culture in Ohio's workplaces," said Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "The program gives fellows exposure to safety and health in many different industries and business sizes, preparing them for a wide variety of career choices."

The positions last two years and are fulltime with pay and benefits. During the two years, the fellows will be working alongside BWC safety, ergonomics and industrial hygiene consultants.

Throughout the program, fellows will participate in onsite safety, ergonomics, and industrial hygiene assessments and audits. Other assignments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Receiving hands-on training on the operation, maintenance, and calibration of various equipment and tools used by BWC safety, industrial hygiene, and ergonomics consultants;
  2. Completing classes offered by BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene in the areas of occupational safety, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and risk management;
  3. Engaging in various research and operational projects;
  4. Participation in the preparation and instruction of training courses including the development of background materials, training manuals, training exercises and measurement and evaluation tools, and coordination of course instructor development teams; and
  5. In the second year of their employment, fellows will be required to focus on one of three areas; occupational safety, ergonomics, or industrial hygiene.

Program Benefits
This training opportunity is unparalleled because the fellows will be working in one of the longest-standing organizations in the nation dedicated to advancing occupational safety and health. Through this opportunity, fellows will have access to the collective knowledge and experience of BWC staff in the areas of occupational safety and health, ergonomics, and industrial hygiene as it relates to all economic sectors including manufacturing, construction, commercial, service, public works, utilities, agriculture, mining, wholesale and retail, and transportation.

How to Apply
Interested individuals with an undergraduate degree in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, engineering, environmental health or closely related field of study (i.e. physical/natural science) can complete an employment application by searching for "Occupational Safety & Hygiene Fellow" at careers.ohio.gov.

To learn more about the programs and services provided by BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene go to https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/employer/services/safetyhygiene.asp

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Media contacts:
Michelle Gatchell, 614-466-1367, michelle.gatchell@bwc.state.oh.us
Bill Teets, (614) 728-8045 or 614-425-0013, william.teets@bwc.state.oh.us

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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