Drug Free Safety Program (DFSP) is BWC's voluntary safety program developed to address workplace use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. It's designed to help state-fund employers more effectively prevent on-the-job injuries and illnesses by integrating drug-free efforts into their overall workplace safety program. DFSP can help employers achieve both long-range safety and cost-saving benefits.
The DFSP at a glance page provides additional details about program levels, participation requirements, and deadlines.
- Be a private, state-fund employer or a public employer taxing district.
- Be current as of the application deadline. This means the employer is not more than 45 days past due on any and all premiums, assessments, penalties or monies otherwise due to any fund administered by BWC, including amounts due for retrospective rating.
- Not have cumulative lapses in workers' comp coverage in excess of 40 days within the 12 months preceding the application deadline.
- Be in good standing as of the application deadline.
- Report actual payroll for the preceding policy year, and pay any premium due upon reconciliation of estimated premium and actual premium for that policy year no later than the date set forth in rule 4123-17-14 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Enrolling in the program
Private employers: Complete the Application for Drug-Free Safety Program (U-140) on or before the last business day in May preceding the policy year that starts July 1.
Public employers: Complete the Application for Drug-Free Safety Program (U-140) on or before the last business day in November preceding the policy year that starts Jan. 1.
Grant funds can help you create a workplace free of alcohol and other drugs while using proven safety processes. By adopting a drug-free environment, you can make a difference in the lives of your employees, their families and the community.
BWC offers limited start-up grants to help you offset the costs of implementing a DFSP. Eligible employers must be in their first or second year of participation at the Basic or Advanced level without a gap in program participation. Grant recipients also must provide documented expenses related to DFSP implementation.
These reimbursements do not cover the program's full costs. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis while funding is available.
If you do not participate in DFSP the year following your initial year, you are not eligible for a second year of grant reimbursement.
For detailed information about DFSP grants, including eligibility and application requirements, see the Drug-Free Safety Program SafetyGrants Procedure Guide.