BWC Issues RFPs for Safety, Health And Wellness Programs


The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is seeking suppliers to support new health and safety initiatives expected to launch in early 2018. Last week, BWC issued two requests for proposals, 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 are part of BWC’s Third Billion Back rebate, which was announced earlier this year. 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 also 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 injury claims. The Third Billion Back rebate plan also includes $15 million for each of the next two years for Safety Intervention Grants. 6/16/2017