Safety Updates

What you know can keep others safe. Be a part of the U.S.'s largest state-run safety congress. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is now accepting educational session and workshop proposals for the 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC17). Safety congress, an occupational focused safety and health event runs from March 8 - 10, 2017. Linked below is additional information from the Ohio BWC Library.

>> July 2016 Safety Update <<

>> OSHA FactSheet <<

Final Rule to improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries & illnesses

Each year millions of workers suffer serious injuries and illnesses on the job. Under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers must provide their workers with worksites free of recognized serious hazards. In order to help prevent work-related injuries and illnesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has for decades required employers to keep track of their workers' injuries and illnesses by recording them in what is often call an "OSHA log."

Additional information may be found by clicking on the OSHA FactSheet.

>> June 2016 Safety Update <<

Ohio BWC Library

Linked below is the BWC Safety update for your information.

Ohio BWC Library

Ohio BWC Update: Sign-up for alternative rating plans by July 31st

Prospective billing starts Jan. 1 for public employers

Public employers have until July 31 to sign up for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) alternative rating programs. This includes group-retrospective-rating, individual-retrospective-rating and the deductible programs.

The application deadline applies to the Jan. 1, 2016 start date for each of these programs.

As you may be aware, the way workers’ compensation coverage is billed is changing for public employers starting Jan. 1, 2016. Private employers are switching to the new billing system in July.

BWC billed employers retroactively for coverage, but will soon require paying in advance for premiums. A $1.2 billion transition credit is being provided by BWC to avoid double-billing employers during the transition. The new billing system offers a number of benefits, including more flexible payment options, better customer service and an increased ability to detect non-compliance and fraud.

Additional resources about prospective billing, including a timeline, frequently asked questions and key dates to remember, are available at

Prospective Billing & Safety Seminar for Private Employers

Have you heard?

BWC is switching to the industry standard of prospective billing for employer premiums. Have you wondered what it means for your business? Private Employers: Come to a free seminar near you to get answers and details about prospective billing. For more information please click on the flyer linked below:

Prospective Billing & Safety Seminar Flyer

Attendance at BWC’s Prospective Billing & Safety Seminar for Private Employers qualifies for one safety council rebate external training credit with submission of a certificate of attendance to the local safety council sponsor.

A complete list of scheduled dates and seminar locations can be viewed at

Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies.

Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To succeed in accident prevention, we encourage you to use the many resources available to you. We believe a group-rating program is a partnership that includes you and your employees, your sponsoring organization or third-party administrator (TPA) and BWC. Each has specific roles and responsibilities, all designed to assist in preventing workplace accidents. This letter outlines the safety services expectations you should have as an employer enrolled in a group-rating program.

The employer will:

  • Maintain a safe workplace;
  • Attend safety training to enhance workplace safety;
  • Use BWC’s safety services as needed;
  • Fulfill the required two-hour training requirement and provide proof of attendance to sponsor for claim(s)occurring within the last year.

 The certified primary and affiliated sponsoring organizations will:

  • Sponsor eight hours of safety training (this may be done at one time or may be provided incrementally as long as the total is at least eight hours);
  • Provide information regarding safety resources to group members;
  • Possibly assist an employer in achieving its safety needs;
  • Manage employer fulfillment of the two-hour training requirement, where applicable;
  • Publish this letter to group members.

 The TPA may:

  • Assist sponsoring organizations with fulfilling the group-rating safety requirements;
  • Assist an employer with its safety needs;
  • Work in conjunction with sponsors to develop safety training and deliver safety resources;
  • Provide resources for claims handling.

 BWC will:

  • Monitor all group-rating safety activities to confirm requirements are met;
  • Remain in communication with sponsoring organizations to provide recommendations for fulfilling safety requirements;
  • Provide safety training through Ohio’s Center for Occupational Safety & Health;
  • Offer on-site safety consultation (hazard assessments, air and noise monitoring, ergonomics evaluation, training) by a BWC safety professional;
  • Offer publications and videos for safety program support;
  • Conduct employer visits to confirm the employer is meeting group-rating requirements, when appropriate.

The goal of this collaborative effort is to make sure all your safety needs are met. Using these resources will assist you in preventing accidents, reducing claims costs and achieving the highest discounts possible. Below you’ll find contact information for various resources.

Builders Exchange of Dayton
2077 Embury Park Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45414
PH: 937-278-5723     FX: 9374-278-0317    

TPA: CareWorks Consultants


10-Step Business Plan for Safety

With BWC's 10-Step Business Plan for Safety employers can focus on implementing a more effective safety plan one step at a time as opposed to getting lost in the "where to start" phase of the big picture.  

While some of the BWC programs require employers to complete the 10-Step Business Plan for Safety, it can also be a good resource for companies looking to implement a new safety program or simply improve an old one.  

Please watch our monthly newsletters/website each month, as we will be highlighting  each step.  If you are anxious to get started or simply can't wait for the next step to be released you can visit Careworks Consultant  website at for the full plan outline.

Step 1 - Visible, Active Senior Management Leadership

Step 2 - Employee Involvement and Recognition

Step 3- Medical Treatment and Return to Work Practices

Step 4 - Communication

Step 5 - Timely Notification of Claims

Step 6 - Safety and Health Process Coordination and Employer Education

Step 7 - Written Orientation and Training

Step 8 - Written and Communicated Safe Work Practices

Step 9 - Written Safety and Health Statement of Philosophy

Step 10 - Recordkeeping and Data Analysis

Buehrer Announces Expansion of Safety Council Program

COLUMBUS – Stephen Buehrer, Administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), has announced the continuation and expansion of the Safety Council Rebate Incentive Program, which allows employers to earn rebates on their workers’ compensation premiums for participating in their local safety council and reducing workplace injuries. Annual Safety Congress & Expo. "I believe good safety programming ought to be good for all employers across the state."

The incentive program, which was due to expire soon, allows participating employers to receive a 2 percent rebate for attending a specific number of safety council programs, and an additional 2 percent for demonstrating a reduction in the frequency and/or severity of workplace incidents. Under Buehrer’s proposal, the program will not only continue, but also will be expanded to allow group-rated employers to participate in safety councils and earn a 2 percent performance rebate for demonstrating improvements in workplace safety. This would be in addition to receiving their group rating discount.

"We know that those employers who are most active in taking control of their safety programs are the most successful in preventing claims and managing workers’ compensation costs," Buehrer told 1,400 employers and workplace safety professionals attending yesterday’s general session of BWC’s 81

Buehrer noted the savings potential is significant, providing an additional opportunity to reduce overall premium costs for nearly 100,000 Ohio employers allowing them to direct those resources into business growth and job creation. He also stated that he will soon present the proposal to the BWC Board of Directors for their advice and consent.

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene sponsors more than 80 safety councils across the state that are organized by local safety-minded groups to inform participants of new safety techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education.

BWC is a non general-revenue fund state agency that provides workers’ compensation insurance for 230,000 Ohio employers and covers approximately two-thirds of Ohio’s workforce. With approximately $2.1 billion in annual premium and assessment income, BWC is the largest state-fund system in the United States and one of the top 10 underwriters of workers’ compensation insurance in the nation.

Visit for more information about the Safety Council Program. You can also see a list of all safety councils.

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>> March Safety Council Release <<