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 The 2023 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo® (OSC23®) is just 4 months away. We can’t wait to welcome you back, live and in-person at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, March 8-10, 2023.  

Reserve your hotel rooms now. We anticipate hotels will sell out quickly and highly encourage you to book early for the best selection and rates. View hotel availability and reserve yours today.  

Education details are almost complete and will be available soon. 
Registration opens in January! 
Visit www.ohiosafetycongress.com for more information.  

We can’t wait to see you! 

 

 

 

BWC

 

 

 

 


Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Vision: To transform BWC into an agile organization driven by customer success.
Mission: To deliver consistently excellent experiences for each BWC customer every day. Core Values: One Agency, Personal Connection, Innovative Leadership, Relentless Excellence.


Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio, serving 257,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,600 employees and assets of approximately $21 billion, BWC is one of the largest state-run insurance systems in the United States. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

 

 

 

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

 

 

 

When it comes to worker safety, We’ve Got You Covered at the 2023 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo® (OSC23®).

We are excited to be back, live and in-person at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, March 8 -10, 2023. We know safety is your top priority. Save the Date and plan to attend educational sessions by leading experts and connect with hundreds of vendors at the Expo.

With nearly 100 sessions and workshops to choose from, you are sure to find exactly what you need to expand your safety knowledge at OSC23®.

  • Business Strategies
  • Construction Safety
  • Governance and Regulatory
  • Government Employee Safety
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Manufacturing Safety
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Total Worker Health
  • Workers' Compensation

New this year, we will be streaming the keynote speakers and multiple education sessions each day! Whether you plan to attend in-person or online, We’ve Got You Covered.

Visit www.ohiosafetycongress.com for more information. Education sessions are being finalized now. Registration opens in January.

We can’t wait to see you!

 

 

 

BWC

 

 

 

 


Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Vision: To transform BWC into an agile organization driven by customer success.
Mission: To deliver consistently excellent experiences for each BWC customer every day. Core Values: One Agency, Personal Connection, Innovative Leadership, Relentless Excellence.


Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio, serving 249,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,600 employees and assets of approximately $25 billion, BWC is one of the largest state-run insurance systems in the United States. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

 

 

 

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

 

 

Sept 26-29 and Oct 3-6
Sept 26-29 and Oct 3-6

 

There's no need to travel - sit back, relax, and enjoy a front row seat while we bring the experts to you. Ohio EPA remains committed to assisting businesses, communities, and environmental professionals with their environmental compliance needs. Our FREE 2022 Virtual Compliance Assistance Conference will provide daily interactive sessions focused on compliance with air, waste, and water regulations, strategically and conveniently scheduled over two consecutive weeks.

This virtual conference will provide:

  • Live-streamed interactive presentations by Ohio EPA's inspectors, permit writers, and management;
  • Live chat with agency experts during every session to answer questions and provide specific guidance for your regulatory challenges;
  • Ability to view a live feed and converse with your peers, industry leaders, and stakeholders using the Cvent conference app;
  • Opportunities to earn Continuing Education Credits;
  • And much more…

Agenda and registration information are attached!

Special Guest: Chad Dunlap
Special Guest: Chad Dunlap

NEWS October Safety Council Meeting

Keynote Speaker, Upshift with Chad Dunlap

Community Wide Suicide Prevention Training

We are excited to announce that Chad Dunlap will be our guest speaker for our October Safety Council Meeting. Chad is a motivational speaker who will help make mental health awareness part of your company culture. Everyone has a story. Let's use it to make the next chapters better. Chad will share how he turned a traumatic history into a positive and influential life.
 
October's Safety Council Meeting is OPEN to anyone that would like to learn more about mental health & suicide prevention in the work place. We encourage you to invite and share this event flyer with co-workers, business partners, employees or anyone in the community that you fill would benefit from this incredible opportunity.
 
Click HERE to download and share the pdf version of this flyer. Thank you in advance for helping spread the word the word about this event to others within the business community. Together, we can make a difference!
 
For additional information about Upshift with Chad, or to contact him about speaking for you, click HERE.
 
Click HERE to download the flyer to share with others.
 
Click HERE to check out this quick promo video about Upshift with Chad

 

 

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Safety Update - Ohio BWC Library

 

BWC Featured Items

New Safety Talks

See BWC’s Safety Talks page for a complete list of talks that are available for print and download.

 

Human Trafficking Safety Congress Session
The 2022 Ohio Safety Congress session Human Trafficking: Awareness and Prevention in the Workplace with speaker Mary Kate Waggoner Coordinator of the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking is now available on the BWC YouTube page.

 

September In Person Training
See the full In-person Course Schedule for all safety and health classes. Enroll at the BWC Learning Center
Effective Safety Teams, Sept. 27, 2022, at Cleveland-Indiana Wesleyan University (Independence)
OSHA 10: Industry Safety Basics, Sept. 28 – 29, 2022 at the Canton Service Office
Noise and Hearing Conservation Half-Day Workshop, Sept. 29, 2022, at the Dayton Service Office
Respirators: Do we need them? Sept. 29, 2022, at the Dayton Service Office

 

BWC Safety Webinars
Safety Training - Keeping the Class Awake, Sept. 13, 2022, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Virtual Training
Emergency Preparedness Planning: Half-day workshop, Sept. 8, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
High Hazard Focus Four Inspections: Be Prepared When PERRP Shows Up at Your Doorstep, Sept. 14, 2022, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Safety Series Workshop Module 2: Ergonomics, Accident Analysis and Hazard Assessment Basics, Sept. 21, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

BWC Library Question of the Month A question received by the library over the past month with our response.

Question:
Does OSHA have guidelines for how employers can assist employees who have learning disabilities while they take online training courses? Are we permitted to read the test questions outload for example?

Answer:
The OSHA Outreach Training Center provides this response on their website: "Although testing is not required by OSHA, trainers have the option of administering a test to evaluate learning. It is at the discretion of the trainer to determine whether or not a student has successfully completed the class. Because OSHA does not require testing in these classes, the agency has not issued specific requirements for trainers regarding tests being administered orally as opposed to written tests. For this reason, it is recommended that students discuss any accommodation needs related to their learning environments prior to selecting a trainer. This includes questioning trainers about their accommodations for students with a learning disability."

If you have question related to occupational safety and health, email the library.

 

 

 

Other News

NIOSH Science Blog Features Ohio BWC Study
The Aug 11, 2022, NIOSH Science Blog features a study using Ohio BWC data to answer the question: Are Insurer Risk Control Services Effective? The answer was yes, Ohio BWC risk control services were effective in reducing workers’ compensation cost rates and controlling or reducing severe injuries for serviced employers.

 

Occupational Exposure Sampling for Engineered Nanomaterials
This new technical report from NIOSH has guidance for workplace sampling for three engineered nanomaterials: carbon nanotubes and nanofibers, silver, and titanium dioxide and an approach to exposure sampling for other engineered nanomaterials that do not have exposure limits.

 

Speeding Dangers
The August issue of the NIOSH newsletter Behind the Wheel at Work covers the topic of speed. Speeding-related crash deaths were up by 17% in 2020 over 2019 numbers. The newsletter presents facts about speeding related crashes and fatalities and resources to help prevent speeding.

 

New Heat Information Website
Heat.gov is the new site for the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), a collaboration of NIHHIS Federal partners, which include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OSHA, NIOSH, and many others. The site was created “to develop and provide actionable, science-based information to help protect people from heat.”

 

Hurricane and Flood Response Tools
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides health and safety guidance to those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities. This website has links to documents relating to hurricanes, floods, mold remediation, and debris removal.

 

OSHA Citations for Chemical Exposures in Construction
A new data dashboard from the Center for construction Research and Training (CPWR) has data from OSHA citations for asbestos, lead, and silica for the past 10 years.

 

Fall From Heights Survey Results Summary
This document contains highlights of a (CPWR) survey of persons who experienced, witnessed, or investigated a workplace fall incident. This preliminary report provides an overview of highlighted findings from the survey.

 

Eight Healthy Habits for Your Heart
The American Heart Association added sleep duration to the Life's Essential 8 list of health and lifestyle factors that you can modify to help your heart. BWC’s free wellness program, Better You, Better Ohio! can help you incorporate all eight behaviors into your life.

 

The Ohio BWC Library of BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene compiles and distributes this newsletter each month.   

 

 

 

 

 


Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Vision: To transform BWC into an agile organization driven by customer success.
Mission: To deliver consistently excellent experiences for each BWC customer every day. Core Values: One Agency, Personal Connection, Innovative Leadership, Relentless Excellence.


Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio, serving 249,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,600 employees and assets of approximately $25 billion, BWC is one of the largest state-run insurance systems in the United States. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

 

 

 

 

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Attention Public Employers

FOR DISTRIBUTION TO SAFETY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY


BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene has a new virtual training course created and taught by Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) staff. High Hazard Focus Four inspections: Be Prepared When PERRP Shows Up at Your Doorstep is a course designed to serve the needs of public employers. Below are a few items students are expected to learn during this half-day course. 

Students will learn:

  • An overview of PERRP.
  • PERRP injury and illness recordkeeping requirements.
  • PERRP inspection procedures and how these affect you as a public employer or public employee.
  • PERRP standards and requirements at your worksites regarding confined space, trenching and excavation, tree work, and work zones.
  • Common standards cited and solutions for abatement for confined space, trenching and excavation, tree work, and work zones.

Seating is limited for the first of two scheduled classes on September 14. Click here to access the course flyer (download may take a minute). 

If any additional questions email Alyssa Smith alyssa.s.1@bwc.state.oh.us


 

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Vision: To transform BWC into an agile organization driven by customer success.
Mission: To deliver consistently excellent experiences for each BWC customer every day. Core Values: One Agency, Personal Connection, Innovative Leadership, Relentless Excellence.


Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio, serving 249,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,600 employees and assets of approximately $25 billion, BWC is one of the largest state-run insurance systems in the United States. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

 

 

The true-up reporting deadline
The true-up reporting deadline

The true-up reporting deadline is August 15, 2022 (this Monday)

The true-up reporting deadline for policy year that ended June 30, 2022.

Employers need to report their actual payroll for the 7/1/21 to 6/30/22 policy year and reconcile (trueup) any differences in premium paid. You need to complete the true-up report even if your payroll for the year matches the estimate we provided at the beginning of the policy year or you had zero payroll. This is necessary for BWC to calculate your premium accurately. Failure to file your true-up and pay any additional premium due could result in disqualification from BWC rating plan or discount programs. The payroll true-up report must be completed online or through our call center at 1-800-644-6292. The quickest and easiest way to true-up is online with a BWC e-account. If you do not have an e-account, you can create one from our website www.bwc.ohio.gov . Go to the For Employers page, the Workers’ Compensation Overview link on the sidebar, then the How to create an e-account link. In a few easy steps, you can obtain a BWC e-account, and you will be able to true-up and view important information about your policy, including installment schedule and claims activity.

Safety Update - Ohio BWC Library

BWC Featured Items

New Resource – Poison Hemlock
BWC Safety Consultant Greg Harmon discusses the dangers of poison hemlock, how to identify it, and what you should do if you come into contact. To speak with a safety consultant, schedule a free consultation today.

Safety Services Catalog
BWC’s Safety Services Catalog lists the safety services and programs available to employers. They are available as part of your workers’ compensation premium. The 2022-2023 catalog was released with new courses.

Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program
The nation’s substance use epidemic touches us all, including the business community. Employers have jobs to fill but hesitate to hire workers with a drug-use history. This video shows how the Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program can help you more effectively manage substance use issues in the workplace.

BWC Safety Webinars
Assistance and Resources from Ohio EPA and OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program, August 9, 2022 10-11 a.m.
Better You, Better Ohio! A Health & Wellness Program, August 9, 2022 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Better You, Better Ohio! Wellness Webinar, August 18, 2022 10 - 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Training
Safety Series Workshop Module 1: Introduction to OSHA Requirements and Safety Culture Basics, August 10, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wellness in the Workplace, August 17, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Health Hazards and Toxicology Fundamentals, August 24-25, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

BWC Library Question of the Month
A question received by the library over the past month with our response.

Question:
Under OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard 1910.1030, employees being trained on bloodborne pathogens must be able to interact with a qualified trainer and ask questions while taking the training per 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(N). What about employees doing virtual/online bloodborne pathogens training? Is there a way to fulfill the requirements of this section by providing electronic/phone access to a qualified trainer to answer questions that may arise?

Answer:
There are a total of six OSHA Letters of Interpretation (LOI) for this section, and you should read all of them to understand OSHA’s opinion on the matter. They address the issue of virtual/online bloodborne pathogens training and ways to fulfill the requirement for immediate access to a qualified trainer: Interlinking | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

In this LOI, OSHA states that providing access to a hotline for employees to ask a qualified trainer questions is adequate, although it doesn’t really define what “hotline” is. In this LOI, OSHA states that using email to answer submitted questions while an employee is being trained is allowed only if the questions are answered immediately when they are asked. The LOIs for 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(N) stress that questions must be answered immediately by a qualified trainer, no matter the method, at the time that they are asked. The LOIs warn that employers who do not provide immediate answers to employees during bloodborne pathogens training could be found in violation of this requirement.

If you need help with understanding requirements for bloodborne pathogens training, including questions about providing access to qualified trainers during virtual/online training, contact BWC Safety Consultants. Consultation services are free for those with a BWC policy. Find out more on our website.

If you have question related to occupational safety and health, email the library at library@bwc.state.oh.us.

 

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July 15th
July 15th

July 15th Safety Council Meeting Information

 

FY23 WCSC Monthly Meeting Dates & Topics

* All WCSC Monthly Meetings will be in person for FY23*

Month

Topic

July 15

Workplace Safety - CPR/First Aid

August 19

Accident Investigations-Do’s and Don’ts

September 16

Back Injury Prevention

October 21

Suicide Prevention: Community Event - Schools/Safety Council

November 18

Winter Driving Precautions/Distracted Driving

December 16

NO MEETING

January 20

Effective Remain at Work/Return to Work Programs and Job Modification

February 17

Workplace Violence: Active Shooter

March 17

Preventing Workplace Falls (ladder safety/falls on flat surfaces/ect)

April 21

OSHA Updates

May 19

CEO Safety Recognition Breakfast

June 16

Put Out the FIRE!! Fire Safety Training

FY23 Enrollment Info
FY23 Enrollment Info.

FY23 WCSC Enrollment Information & Enrollment Form

 

Are You Part of the Warren County Safety Council? 

You could be saving an additional 2% off of your worker’s compensation bill by participating in our Safety Council program! We meet monthly for safety training surrounding topics prevalent
in today’s workplace.

 

Ohio Safety Council In-Person Meetings & Rebates Resume July 2022! 

Ohio Safety Council Rebate Fact Sheet

Join TODAY: FY23 Enrollment Form

 

Safety Councils

Thousands of Ohio employers benefit from the education, resource sharing, and premium savings which result from actively participating in their local safety council monthly meetings. And you can join them.

•    Earn a 2% safety council rebate on your workers’ compensation premium*.
•    Learn techniques for increasing safety, health, and wellness in your workplace.
•    Network and share best practices with other employers in your community.
•    Identify resources to assist you in your accident prevention efforts.
•    Access risk management information and strategies to reduce your workers’ compensation costs.

Participation in an Ohio safety council is simpler and easier than ever before.

•    Join or confirm your existing, active membership in a local safety council by July 31, 2022. 
•    Attend 10 in-person safety council meetings between July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 to qualify for the rebate.

*Safety council rebate details are found in this fact sheet.

 

BWC's Distance Learning in June 2022

BWC is hosting a number of occupational safety and health webinars and virtual classes in June. For detailed information and to learn how to register, view this flyer.

May 2022 Safety Counil Meeting

Check out the BWC Updates & Presentation from or May 2022 Safety Council Meeting

BWC Updates

Stress Management Presentation

 

FY23 Join Today
FY23 Join Today

You could be saving an additional 2% off of your worker’s compensation bill by participating in our Safety Council program! We meet monthly for safety training surrounding topics prevalent
in today’s workplace.

 

Join the Warren County Safety Council HERE

 

Distance Learning in May 2022 

FOR DISTRIBUTION TO SAFETY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY

BWC is hosting a number of occupational safety and health webinars and virtual classes in May. For detailed information and to learn how to register, view this flyer.

Webinars - presented live with BWC discount program and continuing education credit:

  • Breathing Air Quality in the Workplace (May 10)
  • Safe Patient Handling: Is Your Facility Following the Guidelines? (May 12)
  • What You Need to Know Concerning EPA and Safety for the Construction Industry (May 19)

Virtual classes

  • Machine Guarding (May 5)
  • Respirator Fit Testing (May 9-11)
  • Emergency Preparedness Planning Half-day Workshop (May 10)
  • Hazard Communication Half-day Workshop (May 12)
  • Electrical Safety in the Workplace through Insight and Implementation of NFPA 70E (May 17-18)
  • Electrical Safety Maintenance (NFPA 70B) - Practices for Electrical (May 23-25)
  • Controlling Workers' Compensation Costs (May 24-25)
  • Hazard Material and Waste Shipping/Reporting Requirements (May 31)

Online E-Courses

  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Developing a Safety Culture, OSHA Recordkeeping 101 and others

For more information or assistance, email dshcc@bwc.state.oh.us.

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May 2022 Safety Update

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WCSC FY22 Monthly Virtual Meeting Schedule & Topics

Month Topic
July 16th NO MEETING
August 20th Traffic Safety: Real Stories in the construction zone (ODOT)
September 17 Temporary Worker Safety (special considerations regarding seasonal and youth temporary workers)
October 6th MEGA Meeting 
November 19th How to combat fraudulent workers comp claims 
December 17th NO MEETING
January 21st OSHA Updates 
February 18th Epic Safety Fails on the Job
March 18th What's Your Safety Story 
April 13th MEGA Meeting
May 20th Suicide prevention 
June 17th Respiratory Protection Standards

 

MEGA Meeting Information!

All Ohio employers are invited to attend two online statewide meetings hosted by BWC to supplement the Ohio Safety Council Program year.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Leading from Your Heart!

David Sarkus, MS, CSP is Chief Servant Leader and Founder of David Sarkus International, a leading health and safety management consulting and training firm

 

Click here to join this Live Event

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Now What? How to Lead by Bringing Your Human to Work

Erica Keswin is a two-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, internationally sought-after speaker, and workplace strategist