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Employers New to BWC Drug Free Safety Program Have Compliance Deadline Next Week

January 28, 2011

Employers New to BWC Drug Free Safety Program Have Compliance Deadline Next Week

Homepage » Communities » Safety and Workers’ Compensation Management » Archive » 2011 » Employers New to BWC Drug Free Safety Program Have Compliance Deadline Next Week

Employers that enrolled in the January 1, 2011, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) need to fulfill requirements by the end of January.  OMA Connections Partner, Working Partners®, has found that employers new to the program are not aware of the requirements. 

Working Partners is offering a free webinar next week to catch employers up on the BWC DFSP program features and requirements.  Click or call (866) 354-3397 to register or for more information. 

Drug Free Workplace Program – Like Wearing Your Seat Belt

January 28, 2011

Drug Free Workplace Program – Like Wearing Your Seat Belt

Homepage » Communities » Safety and Workers’ Compensation Management » Archive » 2011 » Drug Free Workplace Program – Like Wearing Your Seat Belt

OMA Connections Partner, Working Partners®, helps employers implement and maintain drug free workplace programs.  A brief prepared by Working Partners explains that employers should look beyond immediate payback on their investment in a drug free workplace program to the preventative benefits. 

OMA members can get free analyses of how the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Drug Free Safety Program (DFSP) options will impact their workers’ compensation premiums.  Contact OMA’s Denny Davis to find out how.  The next deadline for enrollment in the BWC DFSP is April 30; this is a good time to evaluate the benefits.

OSHA Withdraws Proposed Interpretation on Occupational Noise

January 21, 2011

OSHA Withdraws Proposed Interpretation on Occupational Noise

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On January 19, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will withdraw its proposed “Interpretation of OSHA’s Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise.”  The reinterpretation would have required significant new, costly engineering controls to abate noise.

In OSHA’s release, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, Dr. David Michaels, said, “Hearing loss caused by excessive noise levels remains a serious occupational health problem in this country.  However, it is clear from the concerns raised about this proposal that addressing this problem requires much more public outreach and many more resources than we had originally anticipated. We are sensitive to the possible costs associated with improving worker protection and have decided to suspend work on this proposed modification while we study other approaches to abating workplace noise hazards.”

OMA acknowledges the work of the National Association of Manufacturers for amplifying manufacturing’s voice on this issue.

Ohio employers can access consulting on noise mitigation at no charge through the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Division of Safety & Hygiene; contact your nearest BWC office and request to work with an industrial hygienist. 

January Meeting of BWC Board of Directors Cancelled

January 18, 2011

January Meeting of BWC Board of Directors Cancelled

Homepage » Communities » Safety and Workers’ Compensation Management » Archive » 2011 » January Meeting of BWC Board of Directors Cancelled

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced today that its January meeting of the Board of Directors has been cancelled. It is expected the BWC Board of Directors Nominating Committee will meet in the coming weeks to provide candidate recommendations to Governor John Kasich, who will then appoint four people to seats that are currently vacant.

According to the release, BWC Administrator Steve Buehrer said, “I’m confident there is a strong pool of candidates who will represent the interests of Ohio’s workers’ compensation community. I look forward to working side-by-side with the BWC Board of Directors in changing the course of the state’s economic climate through effective decisions that will positively impact the care of injured workers and the business success of Ohio employers.”

The BWC Board of Directors was created by the 127th Ohio General Assembly in House Bill 100 and supported by the OMA. The Board is comprised members representing employees (one member), employee organizations (two members), employers (three members), and the public (one member). The Board also includes two members who are professionals with expertise in investments and securities, a certified public accountant and an actuary.  There are a total of 11 board members.

The board directs a nominating committee to submit four applicants to the Governor for each vacant seat. The four current vacant seats include representatives of self-insured employers and employee organizations, as well as an actuary and an investment and securities expert. The Governor will also appoint a Board chairman. The next meeting of the BWC Board of Directors is scheduled for February 24, 2011. 

Human Resources Management 2011 Archive

January 5, 2011

Safety & Workers’ Compensation Management 2011 Archive