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Fellowship Program

BWC's Safety Leaders Fellowship Program provides recent college graduates an opportunity to receive on-the-job training

The objective of the Safety Leaders Fellowship Program is to provide recent college graduates in the fields of occupational safety and health, engineering, industrial hygiene, and/or physical/ natural sciences an opportunity to receive on-the-job training to build a professional career in the fields of occupational safety and health, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and risk management.

Program outline

We’ll offer selected fellows a project/contractual position with BWC for two years. During the two years, the fellows will be engaged in various activities and work assignments performed alongside BWC safety, ergonomics and industrial hygiene consultants, and other DSH supervisors and staff. The activities and work assignments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Receiving hands-on training on the operation, maintenance, and calibration of various equipment and tools used by DSH safety, industrial hygiene and ergonomics consultants;
  • Completing a matrix of classes we offer in the areas of occupational safety, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and risk management. We’ll determine the classes based on an assessment of the fellow’s background, education and qualifications at the time of hiring;
  • Working side by side with DSH consultants during on-site inspections and evaluations of occupational safety and health hazards in workplaces in various industry sectors;
  • Preparing and drafting preliminary consultation reports of on-site inspections and evaluations including recommendations for remediation and abatement of workplace health and/or physical hazards;
  • Engaging in various research and operational projects undertaken by DSH including literature search and review; quantitative and qualitative analysis; preparation of presentations, research briefs and reports; and writing of research proposals, technical papers and reports;
  • Participation in the preparation and instruction of training courses, including the development of background materials, training manuals, training exercises, measurement and evaluation tools, and coordination of course instructor development teams;
  • Participation in steering committees for the BWC Safety Councils Program and program committees for the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo including coordinating meetings and undertaking work assignments as needed by the committees.
  • In the second year of their employment, fellows must select a focus area in occupational safety, ergonomics, or industrial hygiene for the remainder of fellowship duration. This will allow the fellows to develop deeper knowledge and expertise in that area.

Program benefits

The fellows will have a unique opportunity to receive hands-on and classroom training along with mentoring and coaching by highly experienced professionals in all areas of occupational safety and health. This training opportunity is unparalleled, because they’ll be working in one of the longest standing organizations in the nation dedicated to advancing occupational safety and health.

Fellows will have access to the collective knowledge and experience of DSH staff in the areas of occupational safety and health, ergonomics and industrial hygiene as it relates to all economic sectors including manufacturing, construction, commercial, service, public works, utilities, agriculture, mining, wholesale and retail, and transportation.

The fellows also will have an opportunity to develop knowledge and experience relative to delivery of safety and health training:

  • Planning and executing the second largest safety and health conference in the nation, the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo;
  • Managing a large safety outreach program across Ohio, the Safety Councils Program.

Program completion criteria

Fellows will receive regular quarterly feedback on their performance and progress through objective assessments by their supervisors, mentors and/or coaches.

Fellows must pass an examination at the end of the first year and complete a technical project/paper on a topic related to their focus area in consultation with their supervisor/mentor at the end of the second year.

Fellows will receive a second chance for passing the examination at the end of the second year. Fellows who pass the first year examination and complete the second year technical project/paper along with acceptable evaluations will earn a certificate of completion of the program.

Fellows will gain experience that will make them excellent candidates for employment in fields of occupational safety and health in the private and public sectors, including permanent DSH positions that may be open at the time of fellowship completion.


In addition to compensation, the fellows will have all employment benefits of state employees, including participating in the state employees’ retirement plan and health-care insurance. Vision and dental care insurance are available at no cost in the second year. Tuition reimbursement is not an eligible benefit for this program.