Ohio BWC Grants Fund OSH Research Projects

Grants to Ohio State University include $249,882 for research on firefighters' occupational exposures and cancer risk and also $249,993 on preventing firefighter injuries from handling obese patients.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation recently awarded grants totaling more than $900,000 to two Ohio universities to conduct research in occupational health and safety. Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati will receive funding for research projects through the Occupational Safety and Health Research Grant Program, a competitive program supporting advanced research and promotes innovation in workplace safety and health.

"BWC is pleased to invest in fostering research at world-class institutions that could shed light on how injuries may be prevented in the future," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "There is no place better than Ohio to conduct innovative research that could have an impact in workplaces across the country."

The program provides up to to $250,000 per project to Ohio's not-for-profit higher education institutions and research organizations. Research projects are limited to 12 to 24 months. The newest grants are:

  • Ohio State University: $249,882 for Occupational Exposure of Structural Firefighters and Cancer Risk; $249,993 for Preventing Firefighter Injuries when Handling Obese Patients.
  • University of Cincinnati: $198,787 for Prescription Medication Risk & Occupational Injuries; $233,615 for Low-Cost Continuous Respirator Seal Integrity Monitor for Controlling Inhalation Exposure of Firefighters

The inaugural round of funding for the program was announced last year and included grants to Bowling Green State University, Ohio State, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, and Ohio University.

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