For immediate release: May 16, 2017
BWC issues RFPs to advance safety, health and wellness of Ohio's workforce
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is seeking suppliers to support new health and safety initiatives expected to
launch in early 2018.
BWC issued two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) this week to that end, one that seeks a supplier to manage workplace health and wellness programs,
and the other for a supplier to create and lead a campaign that educates the public about the importance of health and safety at work and
in the home. Both efforts were announced in April as part of BWC's Third Billion Back rebate.
"Ohio is a national leader in reducing workplace injuries. We have an opportunity to further reduce injuries and deaths by promoting
health and wellness and creating a culture of safety in every Ohio workplace," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "We hope to
instill in all Ohioans the importance of safety so it becomes a mindset for them, at work and at home."
The state's insurance fund for injured workers, BWC plans to spend up to $6 million annually on a health and wellness program that
targets Ohioans working for employers with 50 or fewer employees in specific high-risk industries, in addition to a segment of injured
workers with certain types of injuries. BWC seeks a supplier to provide services that include health risk assessments, biometric screenings,
lifestyle management and coaching, and chronic disease management.
Concurrently, BWC plans to launch a $2 million statewide safety awareness and educational campaign to prevent injuries associated with slips,
trips and falls, overexertions and motor vehicle accidents, which account for more than 60 percent of the agency's injuÂ¬ry claims. The effort
will include online and mobile training resources that address safety at home and at work.
BWC worked with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to develop the RFPs, which can be foundhere and here.
The Third Billion Back rebate plan also includes $15 million for each of the next two years for Safety Intervention Grants, with $4 million
targeted toward programs that help firefighters and those who work with children and adults with disabilities.
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