Each Ohio safety council has the same goal - to increase safety awareness. But developing and maintaining a safe workplace is no easy task. That is why it must be a combined effort of local businesses and the community.
BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene sponsors 83 safety councils, across the state, organized through chambers of commerce, trade and manufacturing associations or other local safety-minded organizations. These safety councils provide their local communities with quality programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education and information.
For more information, call 614-466-7695 or email BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene.
Safety Council Rebate Program
BWC offers employers who actively participate in a safety council program the opportunity for a 2 to 4 percent rebate on their workers’ compensation premium.
Employers not in a group-rating program who meet all program eligibility requirements also can earn a 2-percent participation rebate for meeting all of the rebate eligibility requirements and a 2-percent performance bonus for reducing either frequency or severity by 10 percent or with maintenance at zero.
- Group-experience-rating program employers who meet rebate eligibility requirements can earn a 2-percent performance bonus rebate only.
- Group-retrospective-rating program employers who meet rebate eligibility requirements can earn a 2-percent participation rebate only.
The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers and state agencies. Restrictions apply to employers in a professional employer organization.
To qualify for the fiscal year 2020 rebate, you must enroll in a local safety council by July 31, 2019.
Safety Council Awards
In conjunction with BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene, the safety councils present safety awards throughout Ohio to promote greater interest in the prevention of occupational accidents and disease. Members with the highest safety records are honored at annual awards events.
The safety council campaign is open to all companies, corporations, groups and employers in Ohio. Members work with their safety councils to determine accident records. Accident statistics are used for the purpose of determining eligibility for safety awards and are not reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or any other enforcement agency.
Awards are presented to qualifying businesses in the following categories:
- Group Award - lowest incident rate in each group;
- 100% Award - zero injuries or illnesses resulting in a day or more away from work in the previous calendar year;
- Achievement Award - 25-percent reduction in incident rate from the previous year;
- Special Award - at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.
To learn more, contact your local safety council.