Important Deadlines, CareWorks Comp Seminars, and Workers Compensation
Unemployment Cost Control and 2-Hour Safety Seminars!
CareWorks Comp will be holding 3 different seminars all of which will be featuring 2-Hours of Safety & Risk Management, Workers Compensation Cost Control, Unemployment Cost Control, and Understanding Managed Care. This Seminar will count as 2-hours of BWC approved safety training for the 2019 policy year for private employers, and 2-hours for public employers for the 2020 policy year. For registration, please complete the attached flyer and send it to Marcia Dennis at: email@example.com
For those of you who cannot attend in person, we will be offering a web-based video link as well once our live seminar series is complete.
CareWorks Safety Library: Now Live!
Looking for an easy way to fulfill your 2-hour Safety Training Requirement for this current 2019 Policy Year? We’ve got the answer!
Simply go to CareWorks Safety Training Library web link. Here you will find previously recorded webinars that you can register for to fulfill your 2-hour Safety Training Requirement. Each webinar is 2 hours and costs $25.00. Currently, there are 4 webinars to choose from:
OSHA Inspections; Prevention, Preparation, & Minimizing Fines
Preventing Slip, Trip, Fall, & Overexertion Injuries
Looking for a do-it-yourself Toolbox Talk to give to your employees? Go to CareWorks Safety Training Library web link click on the orange “VIEW TOOLBOX TALKS” link and you will see 13 different Toolbox Talk programs that you can download and use to train your employees. The topics range from Emergency Evacuation Plans to Diffusing Workplace Violence and even Parking Lot Safety. Print out each of them and use one at your next employee meeting!
March 21, 2020: BWC premium installment due if your company is on a Monthly or Quarterly installment plan with the Ohio BWC.
March 31, 2020: DFSP participants must submit Annual Report
March 31, 2020: OCP participants must complete education requirements
March 31, 2020: EM Cap participants must complete education requirements
Ohio BWC Free Informational Webinars
Each month, BWC hosts two monthly webinars to help educate and keep the employer community informed on several items. The same topics are covered twice a month; webinars are held on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday. Registration links, as well as, past and current webinar information can be found at the following link: Monthly Employer Update Webinars The webinars last about 20-25 minutes. Any employer may attend, and they are FREE!
Important Message from BWC Administrator McCloud:
Dear Customers and Stakeholders –
Following Governor Mike DeWine’s direction, we are asking our employees, employer members, injured workers, and stakeholders across the state to practice proper hygiene and other precautions to avoid potential contact with the yearly influenza as well as the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
I want to echo Gov. DeWine’s message to the public today: This is about prudent preparation. There are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Ohio, and we want to keep it that way. Our chief concern at BWC is always the safety and health of Ohio’s workforce. That’s why we’re reaching out to our customers and stakeholders to urge proper precautions and to ask you to share this information with your employees and customers, if any.
The governor has asked everyone to educate themselves about this disease and follow precautions advised by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health. For more information on the Coronavirus, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Administrator/CEO, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Deadline for Safety Grant Application Approaches
Ohio employers seeking grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to invest in safety measures have until March 31 to apply for funds in this year’s fiscal budget. Employers who miss that deadline must wait until July 1, the first day to apply for fiscal 2021 funding under BWC’s popular Safety Grants program.
“We appreciate Ohio employers who take safety seriously and seek our assistance funding equipment aimed at reducing or eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.
Applications for fiscal 2020 funds via U.S. mail must be postmarked no later than March 31. The online application service will close after March 31 and not re-open until July 1, the first day of fiscal year 2021. BWC offers $20 million a year in safety grants. As of Jan. 3, BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene had approved 616 grant requests. Another 304 were pending.
The March 31 deadline applies to the following grants:
Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements
School Safety and Security
Safety Grants are available to all Ohio state-fund, private and public taxing district employers to purchase equipment to eliminate or reduce workplace hazards. You can find more information on our Safety Grants program on the BWC's website.