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Safety and Video Library
Ohio employers and workers have access to the Ohio BWC Library as a work safety resource.

The Ohio BWC Library provides free informational resources on occupational safety and health, workers' compensation, and rehabilitation. Our experienced librarians can locate hard-to-find information and provide timely and accurate answers to your questions. We provide the only such library in Ohio and one of the few in the nation.

We can research and provide the following: safety codes, OSHA and ANSI standards, Ohio laws and rules, national fire codes (NFPA), national electrical codes (NEC), sample workplace policies and written safety plans, industrial hygiene (toxicology, thresholds, chemical info, etc.), statistics, articles and more. In addition to the library's research services, it has a video collection of more than 600 safety videos on a multitude of topics for employers to use for training employees.

The library is located on the third floor of the William Green Building in downtown Columbus (30 W. Spring St., Columbus, OH  43215). The library's normal hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The video library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like to visit, we suggest you call beforehand to make sure there will be a staff person present to assist you.

If you have a research question pertaining to occupational safety & health, or industrial hygiene, feel free to call 614-466-7388 or email us, and one of our librarians will help you find what you need. If you have a question about our video library, call 614-644-0018.

Book catalog

Our book catalog is combined with that of the State Library of Ohio. The State Library has a collection of approximately 2 million items, with particular strengths in the areas of federal and state government documents.

If you would like to check out books from our collection, contact us with the titles, authors or subjects, your name, address and daytime phone number. Books can be borrowed for three weeks, and can be returned via mail or by returning them to our Downtown Columbus location.

Safety standards

The library has over 1,000 safety standards. Standards from ANSI, CGA, ASTM, ASHRAE, ALI, ASSE, ASME, ISO, CSA, AWS, IWCA and IES are represented in our collection. 

List of safety standards in our collection

Please note: the library does not loan safety standards. If you have questions about specific standards, or would like to visit the library to see them in person, please contact the library at 614-466-7388 or email library@bwc.state.oh.us

Historical archives

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Collection, hosted by Ohio Memory, contains historical publications and images taken from our archives, produced by the Division of Safety & Hygiene under BWC and the Ohio Industrial Commission, with the goal of preventing workplace accidents and injuries and reducing workers compensation costs.

Historical collections 

Safety programs: This collection includes posters and poster stickers distributed to Ohio employers from the 1920s through the early 2000s. These materials were one part of a workplace safety program, which also included discussion guides, stickers, payroll inserts, calendars and other ephemera to educate workers on workplace safety and health topics relevant to Ohio industries. Some programs targeted hazards in specific industries including mining, construction, trucking, restaurants, television broadcasting and horticultural businesses.