News and Analysis
The deadline has passed for Ohio’s private employers to complete their payroll “true-up” reports. But even if you missed the Aug. 15 deadline, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) encourages you to provide your report and pay any amount due as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in removal from BWC programs and result in a 10% hike to the estimated premium. Late payments will be referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s office for collection. 8/20/2019
A new brochure from OSHA explains how the agency’s no-cost and confidential On-Site Consultation Program can help businesses reduce the likelihood of worker injuries or illnesses, and help save on workers’ compensation costs. In Ohio, the BWC administers this program. The consultation is confidential. According to OSHA, no citations or penalties will be issued — and your only obligation is to correct serious job safety and health hazards. 8/12/2019
This month’s tragedies in Dayton and El Paso — which mirrored events that have become far too common since the late 1990s — have more employers looking at hiring their own private security. In Ohio, security services are required to be licensed through the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) and its Ohio Homeland Security division.
If you are considering hiring contract security for your business, or currently use such services, the ODPS encourages you to use its Private Investigator and Security Guard Services (PISGS) as an informal resource. This will help ensure that a company is operating legally in Ohio, and that security guards are properly trained and registered. See more here or call (614) 466-4130. 8/12/2019
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and its Division of Safety and Hygiene will hold a Safe + Sound event at its Pickerington training facility (Fairfield County) on Aug. 12, as well as at The Ohio State University South Centers (Pike County) near Piketon on Aug. 15. Both events run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This training is for any employer that wants to learn more about safety program requirements.
Topics covered will include safety program management; OSHA recordkeeping; emergency preparedness; personal protective equipment; accident analysis; and hazard communication. The event will provide Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) credit and credit for Safety Council participation. 8/8/2016
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is taking applications from Ohio employers for its annual Safety Innovation Awards, which recognize employers for innovative and creative solutions to reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Applications are due Sept. 30, 2019. Innovations can include advanced technologies, creative use of existing equipment, or unique processes and practices. Cash awards range from $6,000 for first place to $1,500 for honorable mention. Here is more information. 8/5/2019
It has been a tough week in Ohio and the rest of the nation following the acts of evil in Dayton and El Paso. If you would like to help the families impacted by this tragedy, consider donating to The Dayton Foundation.
While no employer wants to think about such acts of violence occurring at the workplace, preparing employees can save lives through increased awareness, emergency action plans, and trained response protocols. Last fall, the OMA — in partnership with its safety consultant, Safex — hosted a webinar featuring Lt. Paul Ohl, SWAT platoon commander with the Columbus Division of Police, who discussed effective planning considerations for an active violence situation in the workplace. This recorded webinar is available now, free to all OMA members. 8/5/2019
Time is almost up for Ohio’s private employers to complete their payroll “true-up” report. Be sure to complete this action by Thursday, Aug. 15. It is an important and necessary step that allows the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to accurately calculate premiums. It’s also critical to maintaining your policy and participation in current rating plans or discount programs. If you have questions, contact Brian Jackson, managing director of OMA’s Workers’ Compensation Services. 8/8/2019
Private employers in Ohio have until Thursday, Aug. 15 to complete their payroll “true-up” report. This is an important and necessary step that allows the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to accurately calculate premiums. It’s also critical to maintaining your policy and participation in current rating plans or discount programs.
If you have questions, contact Brian Jackson, managing director of OMA’s Workers’ Compensation Services — the only workers’ compensation service provider exclusively serving Ohio’s manufacturers. If you’re not already using the OMA for your workers’ compensation needs, you can easily request a service proposal here. 7/9/2019
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reports that a 20% reduction in the average premium rate collected from private employers went into effect July 1. This is the BWC’s largest rate reduction in nearly 60 years, and is estimated to save private employers $244 million in FY 2020. The rate relief is attributed to safer workplaces, as well as the continued lower inflation of medical costs. 7/31/2019
The end of this month brings safety-related deadlines for Ohio employers. According to OMA Connections Partner Health Management Solutions (HMS), July 31 deadlines include:
- Employer enrollment in a safety council and the respective rebate program; and
- Private employers participating in the Drug-Free Safety Program or Industry-Specific Safety Program must submit a Safety Management Self-Assessment (SH-26).
See HMS’ newsletter for more. 7/22/2019