News and Analysis
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will distribute two million face coverings to Ohio state fund employers. Fifty face coverings will be sent to each state fund employer; distribution started this week. The face coverings are funded by the BWC budget and will not affect employer premiums. The governor asks that if you cannot use them, please share them with others who may need them. 5/20/2020
These free, printable resources from Responsible RestartOhio can be used by anyone in Ohio to display common symptoms, protocols, or guidelines during the reopening of business throughout Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. 5/19/2020
According to OhioHealth, while you should wear a mask, wearing a face mask changes your routine: how you breathe, how you hold your jaw, how you talk, even how you eat and drink. OhioHealth offers these tips to clear up some mask misconceptions and alleviate common frustrations you may have when wearing masks. 5/19/2020
On a recent National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Leadership Council town hall meeting, two manufacturers—The Bradbury Group and Greene Tweed—shared their experiences and spoke with council members about what’s worked and what hasn’t for protecting the health and safety of their employees and workplaces.
You can listen to the call here and read a blog post summarizing the information here. The conversation included information on communication, return-to-work guidelines, and travel and visitor policies. 5/19/2020
The BWC’s May 28 webinar (at 11:30 a.m.) will cover BWC updates on COVID-19, employer dividend, why it’s important to review your estimated annual premium notice, BWC program options, important dates, and the monthly safety tip. Register and see recorded webinars here. 5/18/2020
Attention Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) participants: Your annual report is due to be submitted to the BWC on or before June 1, 2020. 5/18/2020
If you still have questions regarding the use of face coverings and face shields, you aren’t alone. To help provide some clarity, watch this video in which Dr. Bill Gegas, medical director at Worthington Industries, explains the differences between various masks/coverings, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Under the current “Stay Safe Ohio” order, employees are required to wear face coverings, with exceptions. The order (Section 8) specifically states that, at a minimum, facial coverings should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual’s nose, mouth and chin. If you opt to use a different kind of face covering (including a face shield), document why that decision was made as a better/safer option for your employees. Be prepared to show the documentation to local health authorities, if requested.
The CDC has updated its guidance for manufacturing workers and employers. The guidance includes an infographic on workstations, as well as sections on administrative controls, educating workers and supervisors, cleaning and disinfecting, use of PPE, and screening and monitoring employees. 5/13/2020
With manufacturers focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 at their workplaces, this link to the OMA’s May 12 webinar will help employers develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan. Presented by Safex President Dianne Grote Adams, the webinar includes more than 30 minutes of Q&A. 5/13/2020
The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 has secured Ohio-made cotton masks and face shields to help Ohio manufacturers stay open and safe. These supplies are now available for purchase by Ohio manufacturers, and all prices are direct pass-throughs at cost from manufacturers in our state. Click here to order. Orders will ship via FedEx shortly after they are received. 5/12/2020