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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 ISSP to raise awareness among employers and workers through the completion of an online safety assessment, to provide employers with year-round education opportunities, and to provide tailored consultations that address safety issues in the workplace. ISSP is a partnership between participating employers and DSH to reduce workplace injury and illness risk factors.

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 ISSP application deadline.

For a complete listing of eligibility requirements, view BWC's ISSP policy. You can use the program eligibility look-up to see a list of all BWC programs and your eligibility status for each.

Enrolling in the program

Complete the Application for Industry-Specific Safety Program (SH-28).

  • Private employers by the last business day of May.
  • Public employers by the last business day of November.

We automatically renew participating employers that meet eligibility requirements for the next program year, if the employer has completed activities in at least one of the previous two program years. If you need to make changes to your contact information or withdraw from participation, submit a written request to the BWC employer programs unit.

Participation requirements

To receive the 3-percent ISSP bonus, 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)

We use the most recent policy year for which payroll information is available to determine the required number of loss prevention activities.

  • Payroll less than or equal to $100,000 = one loss prevention activity.
  • Payroll more than $100,000 and up to $300,000 = any two loss prevention activities.
  • Payroll more than $300,000 = 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.

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

Please note that not all DSH training classes qualify for every industry classification. To identify safety training courses that meet program requirements, view the Industry-specific safety classes page.

Register for classes.

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

Safety consulting by DSH experts*

BWC's occupational safety and health specialists can provide hazard assessments, 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 and can provide consultation that may qualify for loss prevention activity. Learn more about safety consultations.

Based on an employer's unique needs, a BWC consultant may perform one of the following 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.
  • Written program/process development.

Following the consultation, the employer must 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.

Annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

  • Employers participating in ISSP can receive a maximum of 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 ISSP 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.