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 & 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 700 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 ahead 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.
Ohio Memory - Ohio BWC Collection
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Collection, hosted by Ohio Memory, contains historical publications and images take 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.
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.