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OMA Workers’ Comp. Account Manager Booth Retires

December 7, 2018

Georgia Booth, workers’ compensation account manager on the OMA staff, will retire this month.

Georgia has helped members manage their workers’ compensation claims and save money on their premiums since 2003, when she joined the staff. Her entire career was in the Ohio workers’ comp. industry.

Georgia’s customers sent in many messages of gratitude for her service and well wishes for a long and happy retirement. We will all miss her.

Her accounts will be ably serviced by Juliet Walker of the OMA WCS team. 12/6/2018

BWC Board Hears Initial MCO Study Results

November 30, 2018

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) board of directors has initiated a study of the effectiveness of the Managed Care Organization (MCO) system, the BWC’s contracted network of organizations that approve injured workers’ medical treatment and pay workers’ medical bills.

The initial results indicate that Ohio performs better than the national average with respect to return-to-work, injury incidence, and cost to treat injuries. And those savings, according to the study, are not associated with reduction of positive outcomes or quality of care.

However, over the last five years, there has been no decrease in days absent during the first year following injury for the three types of lost-time claims studied (low back pain, shoulder injury, knee arthroscopy).

Most injured workers and employers say they are satisfied with MCOs’ medical management, according to the study. 11/28/2018

Federal Court Decision Limits Scope of OSHA Investigations

November 16, 2018

From OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward: “In what should be viewed as a victory for employers, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued a decision limiting the scope of OSHA inspections. …

“In United States v. Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., Franz Ward summarizes: “Mar-Jac (1) reinforces the notion that there are limits on OSHA’s inspection authority and (2) confirms the right of employers to limit consent to inspect or to challenge a warrant. OSHA cannot expand an accident-based inspection simply because of an emphasis program, injuries recorded on an OSHA 300 log, or the mere existence of a hazard. So, if faced with a request by OSHA to expand the scope of an accident-based inspection, employers should contact counsel immediately to determine an appropriate response.”

You can read the details of the case from Frantz Ward here. 11/9/2018

Next BWC Employer Webinar is November 29

November 16, 2018

On Nov. 29 at 11:30 a.m. the BWC’s monthly employer webinar will cover National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) manual classifications, recreational waivers, Violation of Specific Safety Requirement awards and its monthly safety tip.

You have the option to attend online, or to visit your local office and view the webinar with BWC staff. 11/15/2018

BWC Website Security Upgrade Coming Nov. 27

November 16, 2018

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will make a change to its website to improve security on Nov. 27.

If you are already using a browser version listed on BWC’s Supported Browser List, then you shouldn’t have any issues.

If not, these changes mean that to take full advantage of the site, you’ll need to ensure your browser is up-to-date. Here are more details. 11/15/2018

OHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

November 16, 2018

OSHA has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018.

Year to year, the rankings rarely change, although this year’s No. 10, “Eye and Face Protection” (1926.102) was not on the 2017 list. 11/15/2018

OSHA has Holiday Season Safety Resources

November 16, 2018

With the increase in merchandise sales during the holiday shopping season comes an increase in potential hazards for workers in some industries.

Here’s OSHA’s list of holiday-season resources. 11/14/2018

OMA will File 2019/20 Group Experience Rating Roster Soon

November 9, 2018

Employers who have offers for workers’ compensation premium savings through 2019/20 group experience rating programs will want to enroll soon.

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has set November 19 as the final day for workers’ compensation third party administrators – including OMA Workers’ Compensation Services – to file their rosters.

OMA has set Monday, November 12 for employers to enroll to be sure there is time to finalize and quality-check its filing.

Employers who plan to enroll in OMA’s workers’ compensation group retrospective plans have until January 24, 2019 to enroll.

If you have questions or need extra time to enroll, please contact OMA’s Brian Jackson. 11/8/2018

OSHA Announces Site-Specific Targeting Program Based on Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Data

October 19, 2018

This just in from OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore: “Yesterday, OSHA issued a Trade Release announcing the revival of its Site-Specific Targeting Program (SST or Program). As we forecasted when OSHA first published the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule (Rule), OSHA will use 2016 Form 300A data – which employers submitted last December – to target specific worksites for comprehensive, programmed inspections.”

Read more from Dinsmore about the program here. 10/18/2018

Where Does OSHA Stand on Safety Incentive Programs, Anyway?

October 19, 2018

OSHA recently issued a memorandum clarifying the agency’s position that its rule prohibiting employer retaliation against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing.

The department believes that many employers that implement safety incentive programs and/or conduct post-incident drug testing do so to promote workplace safety and health.

Action taken under a safety incentive program or post-incident drug testing policy would only violate OSHA’s anti-retaliation rule if the employer took the action to penalize an employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness rather than for the legitimate purpose of promoting workplace safety and health.

For more information, see the memorandum. 10/16/2018