Ohio BWC debuts new program

Ohio-BWC-LogoThe Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has announced a new program designed to provide health and wellness resources and services to employees of small businesses (50 or fewer employees) in high-risk industries.

Better You, Better Ohio! aims to help both employers and their employees through this free, paperless program. Workers can earn financial rewards for participating in wellness assessments and screenings, and will be provided with opportunities to pursue a healthy lifestyle. This in turn benefits employers by encouraging a healthier workforce, increasing productivity and lowering workers’ compensation claims and insurance costs.

More details about the program and enrollment can be found here.


Chamber groups provide businesses, professionals opportunities

Chamber LogoThe Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services offers a wide variety of programming open to businesses and professionals alike, including networking and educational organizations. Two of those groups are the Industrial Management Council and the Safety Council.

According to the Chamber website, the Industrial Management Council (IMC) exists to influence community and political organizations on items of industrial interest, assist members in attaining improved efficiency and more effective business methods, work as a group in order to contain industry related costs, promote industrial development, support educational programs which encourage free enterprise, and ameliorate relationships and develop better understanding between industry and other facets of the community.

The group meets monthly to hear speakers on industry-related topics and network. There are currently more than 60 members.

The Tiffin Safety Council is an organization focusing on safety in the workplace and is open to all businesses. The group meets regularly to listen to guest speakers and network. The council currently has about 100 members, and anyone is welcome to join.

“It’s an important component of what the Chamber does, providing value to our membership,” said John Detwiler, Program Manager and President of the Chamber. “Many businesses join because safety is important, but some are eligible for grant funding.”

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers resources to help employers improve health and safety, including the Safety Intervention Grant Program – which awarded more than $15 million to 570 employers for the purchase of safety improving equipment last year – as well as programs for employers starting wellness and drug-free workplace programs. These programs help keep Ohio’s workplace injury statistics below the national average.