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KN95 Masks Available to Order

We care about our members and their safety! OFDA has acquired additional KN95 masks that are available to members for $3.78 (OFDA cost) per mask, plus a flat $9 shipping rate.

OFDA Board of Directors Legal Report - January 22, 2020 Meeting

Prepared by T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA Legal Counsel

Legal Bulletin - November 8, 2019

Provided by T. Scott Gilligan, General Counsel

OFDA Board of Directors Legal Report - October 16, 2019 Meeting

Prepared by T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA Legal Counsel

OFDA Board of Directors Legal Report - January 16, 2019 Meeting

Prepared by T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA Legal Counsel

OFDA Obtains Clarification on Cremation Issues

Prepared by T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA Legal Counsel

Scott Gilligan Legal Quiz

Digital Director answer of the week!

Body Donations by Government Officials

By T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

The obligation for townships and municipalities to pay disposition costs for deceased indigent residents is statutory; it is not discretionary.

Coroner or No Coroner, How Do You Know?

by: Mark Kassouf, Assistant State Registrar/Chief Fraud Officer, ODH

How do we know if a death should be a coroner's case?

Preneed Compliance Manual for Ohio's New Preneed Statute

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

BECAUSE OF THE NEW CONTRACT DISCLOSURES AND MANDATORY NOTICES REQUIRED BY THE LAW, A FUNERAL HOME THAT DOES NOT REVISE ITS PRENEED CONTRACTS BEFORE JULY 5, 2009 WILL BE IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW

Ohio Enacts New Pre-Need Law

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

SB 196, which was signed by Governor Strickland on January 6, 2009, will go into effect on April 6, 2009.

Required Forms for Posting in your Funeral Home

There are some new forms for 2009

Funeral homes are getting mail from companies that are trying to sell the required posters for large fees. Download them here for free.

Issues Under The Right of Disposition Law

By T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

With the second anniversary of the Ohio Right of Disposition law having just occurred, it may be worthwhile to take a look at certain issues that have arisen under the new law.

Proper Glove Storage and Life Expectancy

By Barb Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET

"Did you know some glove manufacturers have assigned expiration dates for their gloves?"

Ohio Law Restricting Location of Crematory Does Not Apply to Funeral Home

By T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

"Prior to the retort being installed in the funeral home, the objecting neighbor threatened legal action if the crematory was installed."

What Does OSHA Mean by a "Suitable" Emergency Shower and Eyewash?

By Barb Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET

A good question that doesn't have a clear answer!

MAKING CLAIMS ON NPS PRENEED INSURANCE POLICIES

By T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

"The wording in some of the releases and instructions has caused confusion and consternation to funeral homes holding NPS preneed contracts. In this update, we attempt to clarify the confusion."

Should you be Storing Your Chemicals in a Flammable Cabinet?

By Barb Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET

"You might check to see what other potentially flammable materials you have onsite and check the products' MSDSs."

IRS Increases Business Mileage Rate

By T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

Due to the unprecedented increase in gas prices, the IRS has created an exception this year and calculated a new mid-year increase.

Indigent Funeral Statute Renumbered

By T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

In the 2007 budget bill (HB 119), 5101.521 was renumbered and taken out of Chapter 51. It is now located in 9.15 of the General Provisions preamble to the Ohio Revised Code.

Fire Extinguisher Inspections

By Barb Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET

Let Barb help your firm avoid an OSHA citation.

URGENT UPDATE

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

The problems confronting National Prearranged Services, Inc. (NPS) and its affiliated insurance company, Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Company (Lincoln Memorial), continue to mount.

UPDATE ON PRENEED ISSUES

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

In the past few months, there have been new and renewed regulatory initiatives that could impact the methods that Ohio funeral homes use in selling preneed funeral goods and services to consumers.

SSA-721 FORM NOT REQUIRED BY SSA FOR OHIO DEATHS

Due to the success of EDRS, the Social Security Administration (SSA) no longer requires an SSA-721 form to report an Ohio death.

SCAM ALERT

Summer Scams are back

Our office has recently learned that funeral related scams are on the rise again.

OHIO'S INDOOR SMOKING BAN GOES INTO EFFECT

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

ATTENTION: OFDA just received the following information from our Legal Counsel, Scott Gilligan regarding Ohio's Smoking Ban. Please take note as this IS EFFECTIVE Thursday, May 3, 2007.

ODH EDRS Online Help

Visit the Ohio Department of Health online resources for EDRS assistance.

Disinfectant Survey Please Participate!

By Barb Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET

Is the disinfectant you're using in the prep room appropriate? Maybe, maybe not.

EDRS Help Desk

Ohio Department of Health

Contact information for the new Electronic Death Registration System Help Desk

DEALING WITH UNCLAIMED REMAINS

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

Ohio law requires funeral directors to certify in writing that they made a good faith effort to locate relatives.

Follow-Up Information To Ohio's New Smoke Free Law

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

Since the previous article was posted, many members have posed several questions regarding the new Smoke Free Law. In this article, we address those questions.

OHIO'S NEW SMOKE FREE LAW

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

"As places where the public is invited and where individuals are employed, Ohio funeral homes are subject to the new smoke free law."

Create a Health Portrait of Your Family!

By Barb Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET

The U.S. Surgeon General's Office has developed a FREE web-based tool called My Family Health Portrait that allows you to create a personalized family health history report.

Resource Center

by Janet Blankenship - Resource Coordinator

Traumatic loss & sudden death resources are highlighted.

CREMATION JEWELRY SCAM ALERT

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

OFDA members are strongly urged to ignore and disregard any cremation jewelry orders from outside of the country, especially Nigeria

Safeguards Against Preneed Fraud

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

OFDA members should ensure that the following three requirements are strictly followed in all preneed transactions by the funeral home.

Funeral Directors Flock to EDRS

Ohio Department of Health

Since the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics began offering the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS); funeral directors have registered in record numbers.

CLARIFICATION ON SALES TAX OF PRENEED CONTRACTS

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

The March, 2006 OFDA Newsletter contained an article on sales tax compliance by Ohio funeral homes. The issues discussed in the article generated quite a few calls to OFDA so Scott Gilligan provides additional information.

Ohio Sales Tax Compliance by Funeral Homes

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

Within the tax rules there are several exceptions which funeral homes must be aware of to avoid liability for unpaid sales tax and to avoid collecting sales tax when it is not due.

Handling Remains That Contain Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter

By: Erin Brown, Industrial Hygienist, Safex

Though Acinetobacter infections rarely occur outside of healthcare settings, embalmers and those who handle remains should be aware of this drug-resistant group of bacteria.

Right of Disposition Case Underscores Need for New Law

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

OFDA has been working over the last year with the Ohio Bar Association to put together a right of disposition law.

Issues Surrounding the Authorization of Cremation

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

Since cremation is an irreversible process and wrongful cremation cases involve liability awards averaging $350,000, it is prudent for funeral homes to check and confirm their interpretation of the statute

Are You Ready for the Bird Flu?

By Barbara K. Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET, Safex

We have been hearing a lot about the threat of a bird flu pandemic have you thought about what implications such an event would have on funeral home operations?

Ohio Introduces its New Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)

by Mark Kassouf, Assistant State Registrar

The State of Ohio is making the Web based EDRS system available free of charge to all funeral directors.

Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Another Good Reason to Observe Universal Precautions!

By Barbara K. Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET, Safex

If you are an embalmer or assist in the handling of remains and you need another good reason why you should observe universal precautions: necrotizing fasciitis (NF).

Protecting Bereaved Families from Fraud

By: T. Scott Gilligan, OFDA General Counsel

Many funeral homes routinely alert families about the risks of fraudulent acts that may be directed against them during the time of a funeral. Learn more here.

Do You Really Have to Weigh Your Infectious Waste?

By Barbara K. Garrison, M.S., CHMM, CET

Yes, you really do. The requirement is found in the Ohio Administrative Code 3745-27-30. Learn more here.

Master Trust is now ONLINE

Access your account balances via the new features at the ASI website: www.administrativesystems.com