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The Ohio BWC Announces Workforce Safety Innovation Center

It provides $30 million in grants for research and development of PPP innovations

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced $30 million in grants for research and development of personal protective equipment (PPE) innovations to enhance workplace safety. The BWC’s new Workforce Safety Innovation Center (WSIC) will administer the grants with a goal of  accelerating the process for innovations from proof-of-concept to the marketplace.

Based on data collected from BWC claims, WSIC will identify priority areas of focus for cutting-edge technologies and products that will reduce the frequency and severity of on-the-job injuries.

WSIC’s objective is to conduct proof-of-concept work from grant applicants to accelerate the creation of new technologies and applications for the prototyping of PPE innovations. This initiative will encourage strong relationships and collaboration among higher education, research institutions and industry to continually create new ways to protect Ohio’s workers.

Applicants must be from an Ohio not-for-profit higher education institution or research organization. For more information visit: Workforce Safety Innovation Center | Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

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