Previous Excellence Award Recipients (Formerly the Innovation award)

3rd Annual Innovation Award

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board received the 3rd Annual Innovation Award for its Health and Safety Index, a new tool used to measure the overall safety and health of Ontario’s workplaces.

The Health and Safety Index is an aggregate measure that includes components for prevention, worker empowerment, workplace culture, enforcement, and injuries. Great effort was taken in the development of the Health and Safety Index so it could be easily adopted by other jurisdictions.

The first results of the Health and Safety Index were released on May 8, 2018, and indicated a 1.6% improvement in Ontario’s overall workplace health and safety. 

2nd Annual Innovation Award 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was recognized as the winner of the 2017 IAIABC Innovation Award for its innovation and impressive results in building and implementing its pharmacy program.

Through multi-stakeholder partnerships, the Ohio BWC created dependency thresholds, collected prescriber information and tracked and monitored utilization, developed a formulary, and in 2016, became the first state to move their prescribing guidelines into state code.

The initiatives undertaken led to new claim opioid utilization decrease by 48% over 4 years; a decrease of 19.5 million doses prescribed between 2010 and 2016; and opioid use for chronic pain dropped by 11% over 4 years. The Ohio BWC also reports a 50:1 return on investment in the program.

Inaugural Innovation Award 

In 2016, the IAIABC awarded two jurisdictional agencies with the Innovation Award: the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, and the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. 

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries was recognized for its “Return to Work Partnerships Program,” and their initiatives to help workers heal and return to work following a work injury. Over the past two years, the Department changed the culture of its system and vocational services to ensure return to work is its primary focus, enhancing the coordination of care and maintaining engagement of injured workers in the workforce. 

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission was recognized for “Innovation and Automation of ADR in Virginia,” an initiative to enhance the efficiency of mediation services within the agency. The project effectively integrated the Commission’s mediation efforts creating a streamlined electronic process for case assessment, issue identification, scheduling, and resolution.