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Governor DeWine Bans Nine Types of Synthetic Opioids

June 7, 2024

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine this week banned nine types of synthetic opioids, many of which are linked to increased overdose rates.

Synthetic opioids, called nitazenes, are stronger than fentanyl and were never created or approved for medical use.

The order, signed by DeWine on Tuesday, classifies the nitazenes as a schedule I controlled substance, effectively banning the sale, use, or distribution statewide. 6/6/2024

NAM Files Suit to Block OSHA “Walkaround” Rule

May 30, 2024

Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) along with other business organizations filed a lawsuit against the Occupational Safety and Health Organization’s (OSHA) final “Walkaround” rule.

The rule, which takes effect May 31, would allow non-employees, including attorneys, competitors, or union representatives to accompany OSHA inspectors during an inspection, regardless of whether the representative is your employee or the facility is a union shop.

The OMA submitted comments opposing the rule last October, and supports the lawsuit by NAM. 5/28/2024

Webinar: What Safety Measures Manufacturing Employees Want

May 23, 2024

Workplace safety is a top concern among both manufacturers and their employees, and nearly 81% of employees say that solid company training makes them more inclined to stay.

Occupational Health & Safety is hosting a free webinar on Jun 4 at 2 p.m. to discuss what safety training and measures manufacturing employees want in their workplace. 5/22/2024

JCARR Completes Rule on Recreational Marijuana Licensure, Stage Set for Sales This Year

May 17, 2024

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) this week completed its review of the Division of Cannabis Control’s duel-use licensure rules, allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to apply to sell both medical and recreational marijuana.

Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Division of Cannabis Control, said applications will be available by no later than June 7, as the new law requires.

OMA Councel Bricker Graydon prepared a memo detailing Ohio’s recreational marijuana law. The OMA also has a webinar recording on Issue 2 and the rollout of recreational marijuana in Ohio. Email us to access the recording. 5/15/2024

FAQ’s About OSHA’s New “Walkaround” Inspection Rule

May 17, 2024

OMA Connections Partner FisherPhillips has created a FAQ list on the new rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The rule, issued on Mar. 29, allows third party representatives to accompany OSHA inspectors during workplace inspections. 5/14/2024

Kimberly Carnahan Joins OMA Workers’ Comp Team

May 10, 2024

Kimberly Carnahan has joined the OMA as one of the organization’s account managers in workers’ compensation services. In this role, Carnahan will provide claims management and accident investigation of workers’ compensation claims, manage cost saving strategies for OMA members, as well as consulting on compliance of BWC program eligibility and claims strategies.

Kimberly and her three children reside in Madison County where they enjoy most of their time outdoors and actively participate in youth sports amongst their community. 5/6/2024

OMA Safety and Workers’ Comp Committee Meets to Discuss Updates on Marijuana, Injury Prevention

May 3, 2024

This week, the OMA Safety and Workers’ Compensation Committee met in Columbus to discuss updates and changes to Ohio’s recreational marijuana law, as well as the federal push to reclassify the drug.

Other highlights included:

– Presentation and discussion with Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Administrator John Logue on new agency initiatives and updates;

– Presentation on heat injury and illness prevention;

– Information on the minimum wage ballot initiative; and

– An update on OSHA’s finalized ‘Walkaround Rule”.


OMA Defends Dillon Supreme Court Decision Benefiting Employers

April 26, 2024

This week, the OMA submitted a joint letter defending a recent ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court that simplified the process for employers to recoup overpayments when an injured worker reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI) after collecting temporary total disability (TTD) benefits.

This change is expected to reduce claim costs for employers in Ohio. However, it remains uncertain whether the decision will stand or if legislative changes will follow. 4/26/2024

Ohio BWC Board to Meet Today, What You Need to Know

April 26, 2024

The Board of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is set to meet later today. The agenda includes:

  • Sunsetting the “Lapse Free” rebate program effective 7/1/2024. This automatic 2% rebate was paid to employers who submitted timely premium installment payments.
  • Sunsetting of the Transitional Work Performance Bonus effective 7/1/2025. The program, compatible with Group Experience Rating, awarded employers up to 10% of premium rebates for returning injured employees back to light duty work. The program rebate percentage will decrease for the 7/1/2024 policy year.
  • Sunsetting the Grow Ohio program effective 7/1/2024. Grow Ohio was established in 2011 to entice more employers to open business in Ohio. New companies were provided either a spot in a Group Experience program outside of the enrollment period, or an automatic 25% discount on premiums

Additionally, the BWC has started issuing 2024 (7/1/2024-6/30/2025) coverage certificates and installment plans. Employers are recommended to review the estimated payroll set by the BWC to ensure accurate premiums are being paid. This will also be employers’ first look at the BWC’s new premium calculation which combines the state base rate with the BWC administrative costs.

The BWC is also still reviewing self insured assessment rates for the upcoming policy year, but based on actuarial recommendations an adjustment will be made that will have no impact on the overall cost. 4/26/2024

BWC Training Event: First Aid in the Workplace

April 19, 2024

Having individuals trained in immediate first aid is critical not just for manufacturers, but for any workplace environment.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will be hosting an in-person training on Apr. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cambridge, Ohio focused on how to recognize and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses.

Click here to register. 4/17/2024