Ohio’s workplaces, like Ohio itself, have changed much since 1927.

One constant, however, has been the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo and its commitment to keeping the people in those workplaces safe and healthy.

In 1927, about 27,000 companies did business here; and as one of the more industrialized states, Ohio had recorded about a third of the nation’s 600,000 occupational injuries and more than 1,100 of its fatalities the previous year.

In response, the All-Ohio Safety Congress — as it originally was known — was born. The first congress was held Nov. 9-10, 1927, at the Neil House hotel in downtown Columbus.

The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (as it was renamed in 2000) has grown into the largest free workplace safety conference in the United States.

Today’s congress features more than 300 exhibits, 200 educational breakout sessions and 7,000 in annual attendance. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 conference was offered as a virtual event, as will the 2021 event.

Much about society has changed since 1927, and workplaces are no exception. The need for a commitment to safety in those workplaces is unchanging, however; and the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo exemplifies that commitment.

Future dates

2021 – March 10-11

2022 – March 9-11 (tentative)

2023 – March 8-10 (tentative)

2024 – April 3-5 (tentative)


The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is produced by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). BWC helps injured workers and employers cope with workplace injuries. BWC pays medical benefits and lost wages to employees who are injured or contract an occupational disease on the job. To learn more visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

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