News and Analysis
OSHA redesigned the Law and Regulations webpage that features information on standards and rulemaking.
Users can now search standards by keyword or number, find a list of key resources, and see the latest updates on active rulemaking. The page also features information buttons to explain regulatory language that may be unfamiliar to some users. 8/7/2018
Here’s a couple recently recorded webinars about achieving safety excellence: How to Design and Hold Great Safety Meetings from the American Society of Safety Professionals and Managers and Supervisors as EHS Leaders from OMA. 8/7/2018
From a Department of Labor Bulletin: “The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule.
“OSHA believes this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.
“The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records. These establishments would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).
“Under the current recordkeeping rule, the deadline for electronic submission of Calendar Year (CY) 2017 information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301 was July 1, 2018. In subsequent years, the deadline is March 2.
“OSHA is not currently accepting the Form 300 or 301 data and will not enforce the deadlines for these two forms without further notice while this rulemaking is underway. The electronic portal collecting Form 300A data is accepting CY 2017 data, although submissions after July 1, 2018, will be marked late.”
Here’s an analysis of the OSHA action from OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore. 7/31/2018
Has your organization developed a new piece of equipment, tool or process to reduce risk to your workforce? Have you made changes to an existing method to improve safety and health in your workplace? If so, you could earn a cash prize for your ingenuity by applying for a BWC Safety Innovation Award.
The BWC is accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2018. Finalists will receive cash awards, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 and statewide recognition at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo in Columbus March 6 to 8, 2019.
Last year’s finalists included innovations such as a remote-controlled vacuuming system for cleaning clarifier tanks and an articulating arm that assists workers when doing weld tear-downs on truck cabs.
Learn more here. 8/1/2018
We can’t say it often enough! Failure to true-up on time causes financial risk and, most likely, headaches.
The true-up report must be completed even if an employer had zero payroll, or their payroll for the year matches the estimate BWC provided.
BWC will remove employers from their current rating and discount programs if it does not receive a payroll true-up and any additional premium owed by the deadline.
Online true-up and payment also qualifies eligible employers for a 1-percent premium rebate, up to a $2,000 maximum. 7/26/2018
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule.
We’ll keep you posted as to any change in compliance obligations. 7/26/2018
An important reminder to private employers: Don’t forget to “true-up” by Aug. 15.
“True-up” means to report your actual payroll for the policy year that just ended on June 30 and reconcile any difference in premium paid.
This important action allows BWC to calculate your premium accurately. Even if your payroll for the year matches the estimate it provided, or you had zero payroll, you must complete a true-up report. It’s also critical to maintaining your policy and your participation in your current rating plan or discount programs.
BWC will remove employers from their current rating plan or discount program if it does not receive a payroll true-up and any additional premium owed by the due date.
The quickest and easiest way to true-up is online with a BWC e-account. Online true-up and payment also qualifies eligible employers for a 1% premium rebate, up to a $2,000 maximum.
BWC is asking you to keep a close watch on your mailbox in July. It is sending checks related to the $1.5 billion rebate announced in the spring.
Your check should arrive by early August in a white envelope labeled “important documents enclosed.” BWC advises to cash the checks quickly because they expire in 90 days.
Employers that participate in the Group-Retrospective Rating Program will receive checks in the fall. 7/16/2018
The next employer update webinar is scheduled for July 26 at 11:30 a.m.
The July webinar will cover policy year 2018 renewal, the new Policy Activity Rebate Program, the updated BWC website, its monthly safety tip and more.
BWC is currently conducting an evaluation of managed care for the State of Ohio using an outside vendor. The purpose of this evaluation is to identify strengths and weaknesses of the current system for providing care for injured workers.
BWC’s vendor, DXC Technology, or its affiliated company, HPE, may contact you soon through email to invite your participation in a survey about your experiences with the workers’ compensation system.
If you are contacted, know that your participation in the survey is highly valued by BWC. 7/16/2018