When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States, one of the biggest concerns was a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). Companies in Ohio and all over the nation were begging the government for PPE, especially masks. Last spring, the Bureau of Workers Compensation in Ohio managed to provide help for Ohio businesses, supplying more than 23 million masks. Sadly, while this certainly helped, it only put a minor dent in the needs of small and medium-sized businesses.
This past week, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation is reaching out again to assist local businesses. They have hired two companies to produce another round of at least 23 million masks. They are also having them manufacture and distribute other forms of PPE. The masks are free to any business in Ohio that asks for them.
The Bureau of Workers Compensation started having these masks produced in late November. They expect it may take up until the Summer of 2021 for the 23 million masks to be completed. In the meantime, they are letting workers and companies know they can ask for help.
In addition to masks and PPE, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has also provided local businesses with more than $8 billion in aid. These monies are meant to help companies deal with COVID-19 and help protect their workers. Of course, frontline workers are the ones in greatest need of these free masks.
There is a need much greater need of help for Ohio businesses than the Bureau of Workers Compensation can fill. If you work for a company and have contracted COVID-19 or another related illness, reach out to Ohio workers compensation attorneys right away. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation or disability benefits.