Employer Programs Application Deadlines Private employers that are interested in the Drug-Free Safety Program, Industry-Specific Safety Program, and Transitional Work Bonus Program must file an application by May 28 for the next program year beginning July 1, 2021. Policy Activity Rebate Program Employers participating in the Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) program must complete 11 credits by May 31, 2021, maintain active coverage, complete the 2020 true-up by the required deadline and have trued up premium of at least $350 for the applicable program year. You can review and/or update your completed activities on the PAR progress look-up Group-Experience-Rating Program Third Party Administrators (TPAs) interested in forming groups for the Group-Experience-Rating Program must submit rosters and required forms to BWC’s secure FTP site by the close of business May 28. These forms include:
Completed applications for Group-Experience Rating (AC-24s)
Completed employer statements for Group-Experience Rating (AC-26s) for the public employer program year beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
Industry-Specific Safety Program changes effective July 1
The Division of Safety and Hygiene (DSH) has modified the Industry-Specific Safety Program (ISSP) for Ohio employers who actively partner with DSH to reduce the risk of injuries and illness. The overall goal for ISSP is the identification of risk factors and the implementation of effective control measures that improve employee safety and health. The following changes take effect July 1 for private employers and Jan. 1, 2022 for public employers. Following a DSH safety and health consultation, the employer must now complete DSH follow-up activities before the end of the program year to earn loss prevention activity credits. Follow-up activities may include responding to a DSH action plan or completing a post-training survey. Previously, employers completed a post-consultation survey (SH-29). Learn more about DSH ISSP activity credits.
Transitional Work Grant program enhancements June 1
We have enhanced our Transitional Work Grant (TWG) program for Ohio employers who actively participate in the recovery and return to work of their employees. Beginning June 1, employers are eligible for a TWG every five years, 100% reimbursement up to their approved grant maximum, and COVID-19 services. Renewable every five years Historically, an employer was only eligible for one TWG during the lifetime of the employer’s policy. The lifetime eligibility criteria has been removed, and an employer may now apply for a TWG every five years. In the event an employer already received a TWG, the five years is calculated from the date of the previous TWG approval. Employers with a TWG approval date prior to June 1, 2016, are immediately eligible to apply for a new grant. 100% reimbursement based on employer size The 3:1 grant match reimbursement methodology has been removed. Grant reimbursement to the employer is now 100% of the submitted invoice up to the employer’s maximum awarded grant. The maximum awarded TWG per employer is based on the employer’s number of employees. The maximum grant amounts are listed below.
11 - 49 employees – $2,900.
50 - 199 employees – $5,200.
200 plus employees – $6,300.
An employer may only apply for one grant per policy number; however, employers with multiple policy numbers may combine their grant monies and develop a corporate program. Any unused grant monies are referred to as Implementation Funds and are reserved for an employer use until the grant expires. Implementation funds can be used to purchase services an employer needs to facilitate the use of their transitional work program. COVID-19 services We added two new Implementation Fund services to the program in late 2020. One service is assisting the employer in managing the injured worker’s return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another is assisting the employer in managing the workspace for health and safety during COVID-19. In addition, employers that have a TWG are eligible to apply for our Transitional Work Performance Bonus program. Questions To learn more about this program, visit bwc.ohio.gov and go to Transitional Work Programs or you may email questions to our transitional work unit at TWSupport@bwc.state.oh.us.
RECOVERY-FRIENDLY TRAINING MODULES
Lt. Governor Husted today announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), RecoveryOhio, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and Working Partners® have partnered together to create three new Recovery-Friendly Training Modules. These training modules will help employers develop their own approach to hiring and retaining employees who are in recovery. The new Recovery-Friendly Training Modules can be found at RecoveryOhio.gov in addition to the five previously launched modules by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
MCO open enrollment ends May 28
The open enrollment period for Ohio employers to select a managed care organization (MCO) to oversee medical management for workers injured on the job began Monday, May 3, and continues through Friday, May 28. To help you select an MCO that meets the needs of your business and workers, updated versions of BWC’s MCO Selection Guide and MCO Report Card are available on our website. The guide walks you through the selection process, while the report card provides up-to-date MCO performance information. If you’re satisfied with your MCO, you don’t need to do anything. Click here for the enrollment form on our website. MCO changes will be effective June 28, 2021.
Deadline nears for Indoor Air Quality program
The deadline to apply for BWC’s Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program is June 30. This federally funded $28 million program provides reimbursement for improvements to HVAC systems at nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospices, and other facilities that serve vulnerable Ohioans. Experts say such improvements weaken COVID-19’s spread. For an application and more on this program, visit this BWC webpage.
COVID-19 – What’s in the vaccine?
Click the image to watch Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI, break down what’s in the COVID-19 Vaccine. #InThisTogetherOhio #TakeTheShot Brought to you by the Ohio Department of Health.
Applications being accepted for Trench Safety Grant program We are now accepting applications for the Trench Safety Grant (TSG) Program. The TSG program helps Ohio employers purchase trench shoring and shielding to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries associated with trenching operations. More info online The Division of Safety and Hygiene (DSH) encourages Ohio employers to participate in the National Trench Safety Stand-Down activities. June 2021 has been declared “Trench Safety Month” by OSHA and the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). The “Trench Safety Stand Down” week, will occur June 14 - 18, 2021. Every June since 2016 OSHA, the NUCA have held a Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week for the construction industry. This year’s event will occur at hundreds of jobsites across the nation, reaching tens of thousands of workers. BWC will host multiple trench safety education opportunities in the month of June. COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics are open! The State of Ohio is sponsoring a series of regional and mobile mass vaccination clinics statewide to ensure all Ohioans have access to the COVID-19 vaccine as it is more widely available. The schedules, location, format and duration of each mass vaccination site may evolve based upon the needs of each community. Appointments can be made by going to gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov for all locations. Some locations also offer walk-in appointments. Many forms of ID are accepted to verify name, identity, and age. Your employees do not need to show proof of citizenship or residency status for these vaccines, which are at no cost. For assistance scheduling, have them call 1-833-4ASK-ODH/1-833-427-5634 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
May edition of Safety Update
Check out the latest news from safety and health experts from BWC, NIOSH, and OSHA.
May 20: Virtual Training: Safety Series Workshop Module 2: Ergonomics, Accident Analysis, and Hazard Assessment Basics. More info online May 25: Better you, Better Ohio! Wellness webinar. More info online May 25: Webinar: Is Fatigue Affecting Your Safety Program? More info online May 27: Board of Directors Meeting. May 28: Employer Program Application Deadline. More info online May 31: Private employer deadline for completing PAR. More info online June 1: Virtual Training: Ergonomic Risk Factors. More info online June 2: Virtual Training: Electrical Safety in the Workplace through insight and implementation of NFPA 70E. More info online June 8: Virtual Training: Emergency Preparedness Planning Half-day workshop. More info online June 8: Webinar: OSHA Knocks on the Door. More info online June 17: TPA Forum. June 21: Private employer first installment due. More info online June 30: Private employer deadline for completing ISSP program requirements. More info online
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