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FAQs for Employers About OSHA

November 18, 2022

OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has published this comprehensive series of FAQs to answer employer questions. The online document addresses recordkeeping, employee complaints, agency inspections, agency citations, the process of challenging inspections, state OSHA plans, and more. 11/16/2022

Salary Continuation or Temporary Total Compensation?

November 11, 2022

When an employee is injured on the job and cannot immediately return to work, employers may face the question of whether to offer salary continuation or permit temporary total disability compensation to be paid under workers’ compensation.

To help employers make the right decision, Bricker & Eckler, the OMA’s general counsel, has published this insight. 11/10/2022

Three Ways to Minimize OSHA Recordables

November 11, 2022

EHS Today has published this article, which reviews the differences between recordable, reportable, and non-recordable OSHA events. The article also provides insight on how employers can reduce the number of recordable incidents while mitigating potentially life-threatening injuries. 11/10/2022

BWC Chief Addresses OMA Members

November 4, 2022

Ohio BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud addressed nearly 80 members at the Nov. 1 meeting of the OMA Safety and Workers’ Compensation Committee.

McCloud said the BWC continues to see fewer workplace injuries as Ohio’s claims rate is now lower than those of neighboring states. She touted the BWC’s Workforce Safety Innovation Center, which offers R&D grants to encourage more Ohio-made personal protective equipment — and informed members that the 2023 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo will be held March 8-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Gongwer News Service reports that the BWC is still in a strong financial position, despite a decline in total assets compared to a year ago. As of Sept. 30, the State Insurance Fund held a net $6.1 billion in assets. 11/1/2022

OSHA Injury Reporting Requires New Online Account

November 4, 2022

OSHA reminds employers that they are required to connect their Injury Tracking Account to a account in order to submit their 2022 workplace injury and illness data next year. If they have not already done so, employers are encouraged to set up an account soon. Here’s more information.

As a reminder, OSHA does not send notifications to report the Form 300A data. March 2, 2023 is the deadline for covered employers — including manufacturers with 20 or more employees — to submit their completed Form 300A with 2022 injury and illness data. (Learn more at OSHA’s FAQ page.) 11/1/2022

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2022

November 4, 2022

OSHA has announced its preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the 2022 federal fiscal year. All of the violations on the 2022 list also appeared on the previous year’s list, although there was a considerable shift in the rankings — primarily due to an increase in hazard communication violations. 11/1/2022

BWC’s Upcoming Training Events

October 28, 2022

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is hosting several upcoming no-cost training opportunities. These BWC offerings will address ergonomic principles (Oct. 31, virtual); machine guarding (Nov. 2 in Ontario); first aid in the workplace (Nov. 2 in Reynoldsburg); hazardous waste (Nov. 7, virtural); and flammable liquid and gas safety (Nov. 16 in North Canton).

See the full lineup of BWC training opportunities. 10/27/2022

Ohio BWC’s McCloud to Address OMA’s Nov. 1 Meeting

October 28, 2022

There’s still time to register for the OMA Safety and Workers’ Compensation Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Ohio BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud will be among the guest speakers. Register here. 10/27/2022

Nov. 3 Webinar Will Address Prevention of Falls

October 28, 2022

Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths, according to the National Safety Council. On Thursday, Nov. 3, the OMA will host a webinar to present ideas to prevent falls related to work on trucks, trailers, and railcars. Learn more and register. 10/25/2022

On-Demand Webinar: No-Cost Safety Resources

October 21, 2022

Recently, the OMA hosted a webinar to highlight no-charge services offered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to help Ohio employers develop an effective safety and health program. Presented by experts at BWC, this popular webinar is now available on demand for all OMA members. 10/20/2022