|OhioBWC - Home: Current News|
For immediate release: April 28, 2017
Lt. Governor Taylor, BWC announce $44 million investment in workplace safety and wellness
Initiative part of $1 billion rebate approved by BWC's Board of Directors today
COLUMBUS - Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced a $44 million investment in workplace safety, health and wellness.
The safety initiative is part of the $1 billion rebate plan proposed by Gov. John Kasich last month and approved by BWC's board of directors this morning.
Taylor and Morrison were joined by State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin for the announcement at the Wesley Glen Retirement Community in Worthington. Methodist ElderCare, which operates Wesley Glen, received a healthy worksite award at the Ohio Business Council's annual Healthy Worksite Awards ceremony in January.
"Each day, millions of Ohioans leave their homes to go to work, provide for their families and drive economic growth in Ohio," said Lt. Governor Mary Taylor. "We owe it to Ohio's workers and their families to ensure our workplaces are safe and that those workers are able to return home each day after their shift."
The new initiative calls for $44 million over two years to improve wellness and safety for workers across Ohio. This includes a new wellness program, funding for specific programs to help firefighters and those who work with children and adults with disabilities, and an education campaign to address common injuries at work and in the home.
"We at BWC have a strong history of promoting safety in the workplace, as evidenced by record-low claims," said Morrison. "This program is about expanding that effort directly to workers and creating a culture of safety among all Ohioans."
The initiative is expected to launch in January and includes:
# # #