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Safety Innovation Awards
On this page, you will find information about participating in the annual Safety Innovation Awards

Innovations come in many forms – equipment, machinery, processes and procedures. Tell us about your innovative ways and you could win cash awards. 

Watch a video to learn more about participating in the Safety Innovation Awards.

BWC established the Safety Innovation Award to encourage and recognize innovative and creative solutions that reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses. Showcasing the most successful innovations inspires other Ohio employers to develop innovative solutions of their own.
Our Division of Safety & Hygiene selects the finalists who compete for cash awards at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.
1st Place - $6,000
2nd Place - $4,000
3rd Place - $3,000
Honorable mention - $1,500
People's Choice - $1,000
Innovation entries must meet these eligibility requirements.
The innovation must be fully implemented between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2017.
The innovation must currently be in use.
The employer must maintain active workers' compensation coverage with not more than 40 days lapsed in the prior 12 months.
The employer must be current on all monies owed BWC.
The employer must demonstrate excellent safety performance in all aspects of its operation.
The innovation must not have been previously entered in a BWC-sponsored Safety Innovation Award competition.
July 16 to Sept. 30, 2018 - Application submission period
Oct. 1 to 30, 2018 - First round judging
Nov. 2, 2018 - Semifinalists announced
Nov. 5 to Dec. 14, 2018 - Second round judging
Jan. 10, 2019 - Finalists announced
March 6 to 8, 2019 - Finalists displayed and judged at OSC19
March 7, 2019 - Finalists announced at OSC19

To learn more, contact us at 1-800-644-6292  or email bwcsafetyinnovations@bwc.state.oh.us