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Industry Specific Safety Program

BWC developed the Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) to encourage Ohio's employers to use the many safety services and programs available through our Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH).

We designed the ISSP program to raise awareness among employers and workers through the completion of an online safety assessment, provide employers with year-round training education opportunities, and provide tailored consultations that address safety issues in the workplace.

Eligibility requirements

  • Be current with respect to all payments due BWC as of the application deadline.
  • No cumulative lapses in workers' comp coverage in excess of 40 days within the 12 months preceding the application deadline.
  • Must have reported actual payroll for the preceding policy year and paid any premium due upon reconciliation of estimated premium with actual premium no later than the due date.
  • Be in an active policy status.

View Ohio Administrative Code 4123-17-56.3 for a complete listing of eligibility requirements. You may also view BWC's ISSP policy.

Enrolling in the program

Private employers: Complete the Application for Industry-Specific Safety Program (SH-28) by the last business day in May.

Public employers: Complete the Application for Industry-Specific Safety Program (SH-28) by the last business day in November.

Note: We will automatically renew participating employers that meet eligibility requirements for participation in the next program year. Look up your program eligibility. If you need to make changes to your contact information or to withdraw from participation, submit a written request to the BWC employer programs unit. We encourage participation in all BWC programs. When applying for other programs, employers should verify the other programs are compatible with ISSP. The Compatibility Chart is found in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4123-17-74. See Appendix C.

Participation requirements

To receive the 3-percent, industry-specific safety rebate, employers commit to completing the following activities during their program year. (Private employers between July 1 and June 30; public employers between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31)

  • Completion of an online safety management self-assessment within the first 30 days of the policy year.
  • Participation in loss-prevention activities based on payroll as listed below.
    • Industry-specific safety classes offered by DSH.
    • On-site safety consulting by DSH experts.
    • Annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.

The total payroll that policyholders report each policy year will determine whether they are required to complete one, two or three loss prevention activities as follows.

  • Reported payroll less than or equal to $100,000 in the initial eligibility determination year = one loss-prevention activity.
  • Reported payroll more than $100,000 and up to $300,000 in the initial eligibility determination year = any two loss-prevention activities.
  • Reported payroll more than $300,000 in the initial eligibility determination year = any three loss-prevention activities.

Loss prevention activities

Industry-specific safety classes offered by DSH

The DSH training center offers continuing education courses on occupational safety and health topics. Courses emphasize the practical application of safety principles, development of a safety culture, current and proposed standards for regulatory compliance and risk programs. We offer classes at 13 training sites around Ohio. To identify safety training courses that meet program requirements, view the Safety Services Catalog. Note: Please check the Safety Services Catalog ISSP industry class matrix, not all DSH courses qualify for every industry classification.

View course descriptions.

Effective July 1, 2019, for private employers and January 1, 2020, for public employer taxing districts:

  • An employer successfully completing three hours of online education will achieve one loss prevention activity credit.
  • An employer successfully completing a half-day, full-day, or multiple day industry-specific safety course will achieve one loss prevention activity credit.

Attendance at an industry-specific class can result in a maximum of one loss prevention activity credit, no matter how many employer representatives are in attendance.

On-site safety consulting by DSH experts

BWC's safety specialists will visit your workplace to provide an assessment, training and/or safety program development advice to maintain a safer workplace. Safety consultants, industrial hygienists and ergonomists are available in each of our service offices to provide on-site consultation to earn a loss prevention activity.

Request safety consulting services

Based on an employer's unique needs, a BWC consultant will perform one of the following on-site consultation activities for loss prevention activity credit:

  • Company specific safety training.
  • Customer safety team development.
  • Ergonomics assessment.
  • Industrial hygiene assessment.
  • Safety hazard assessment for construction.
  • Safety hazard assessment for general industry.
  • Safety management process evaluation.
  • Safety program/process development.

Following the on-site consultation, the employer must complete an online on-site consultation survey to earn the loss prevention activity credit.

Annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

Our Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is the largest state workplace safety and health conference in the Midwest. Attendees learn the latest information and techniques to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and to control workers’ compensation costs.

  • Employers participating in the ISSP can receive one loss prevention activity credit by attending three one-hour sessions or a half-day or full-day workshop. A general session will qualify as one of the one-hour educational sessions.
  • DSH recommends employers enrolled in the Industry-Specific Safety Program register in advance at www.ohiosafetycongress.com. Registration is free.
  • Individuals may not represent more than one BWC policy number. Follow the instructions provided at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo to document your attendance. For information about the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, see page 88 of the Safety Services Catalog.

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