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The Advantages of OMA’s Workers’ Comp Services

March 18, 2022

For OMA members that aren’t yet using OMA Workers’ Compensation Services, check out this one-pager — as well as this short video — summarizing the advantages of the OMA syst. Interested in learning more? Email Crissy Roach or call (800) 662-4463. 3/17/2022

March 31 Deadline for BWC Program Requirements

March 18, 2022

Participants in several BWC programs are facing a March 31 deadline for the following programs:

If you have questions, contact Juliet Walker, managing director, OMA workers’ compensation services. 3/15/2022

OSHA Inspections Tracker Shows Manufacturers Targeted

March 11, 2022

OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips recently unveiled its OSHA Inspections Tracker. This tool provides an up-to-the-minute look at OSHA’s workplace inspections. According to this summary, the tracker shows construction and manufacturing employers have been the primary targets of OSHA inspections so far in 2022. 3/9/2022

Spotlighting Safety as We Spring Ahead

March 11, 2022

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 13, as clocks will spring ahead an hour. The time change creates a higher risk for workplace injuries, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), due to the loss of sleep. The NSC has published these resources to help educate employees on how to avoid fatigue-related incidents. 3/10/2022

BWC Seeks to Expedite Development of PPE for Workplace Safety

March 11, 2022

The BWC has announced $30 million in grants for research and development of personal protective equipment (PPE) innovations to enhance workplace safety. Applicants must be from an Ohio not-for-profit higher education institution or research organization. BWC’s new Workforce Safety Innovation Center will administer the grants with a goal of accelerating the delivery of PPE to the marketplace. 3/9/2022

HMS Rebrands as ProMedica Medical Management

March 11, 2022

On March 14, Health Management Solutions (HMS) — an Ohio-managed care organization and longtime OMA Connections Partner — will rebrand as ProMedica Medical Management. This is simply a re-brand; nothing will change with its services. ProMedica will continue to provide workers’ compensation medical management and employer solutions.

For questions, contact OMA’s Juliet Walker, managing director, OMA workers’ compensation services. 3/10/2022

COVID-19 Masking Guidance for Employers

March 4, 2022

Following the CDC’s adoption of new COVID-19 masking recommendations, OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has published this guidance for employers. The firm notes that this is an important development for employers since OSHA has repeatedly referred to CDC guidance when it comes to COVID-19 safety protocols.

In this additional guidance, OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore writes: “OSHA is expected to adopt or partially adopt the CDC’s recommendations, but it has not yet commented on the CDC change.” 3/1/2022

BWC Board OKs 10% Premium Rate Reduction

March 4, 2022

Due to the continued trend in declining workplace injuries, the Ohio BWC board has approved another 10% rate reduction in premiums paid by private employers.

Approved at the BWC board’s Feb. 25 meeting, the rate reduction will save Ohio employers an estimated $106 million. (The 10% rate cut represents a statewide average; the actual premium paid by an individual employer will depend on several factors.) 2/28/2022

Webinar: Helping Front-Line Leaders Boost Workplace Safety

February 25, 2022

Everyone is responsible for safety, but team leaders, supervisors, and managers are frequently charged with safety leadership. On Thursday, March 3, the OMA will host a webinar to address how front-line leaders can effectively enhance their safety culture. Learn more and register. 2/24/2022

Court Upholds 15-Day Window to Contest OSHA Citations

February 25, 2022

A federal appeals court recently told a Texas construction company it was too late to contest an OSHA citation. In this summary and guidance, OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips says employers must be vigilant about complying with OSHA’s 15-day deadline to contest citations — regardless of how they are delivered. 2/24/2022