>Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced that thousands of Ohio employers will share more than $9 million in savings. These employers successfully participated in BWC’s Safety Council Discount Program. There are more than 80 statewide safety councils where employers receive education and information related to workplace safety.
BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene sponsors the safety councils, which chambers of commerce, trade and manufacturing associations, American Red Cross chapters or other local safety-minded groups organize. Safety Councils inform participants of techniques for increasing safety in their workplace, to better manage their workers’ compensation program, network with other employers in the community, and access useful, money-saving workers’ compensation and risk management information.
Eligible employers participating in BWC’s Safety Council Discount Program can earn a two-percent premium rebate. An additional two-percent performance bonus rebate is available for employers that reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries by 10 percent, or keep both at zero.
Locally the Darke County Safety Council sponsored by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce received $22,308.80 which represents a two-percent participation rebate for the 54 eligible member companies. To be eligible the companies had to meet requirements including attending monthly meetings or BWC sponsored events, send a qualified senior-level manager to a safety council meeting, and submitting semi-annual workplace accident reports. Companies will see an additional two-percent performance bonus rebate later this year if earned .
For more information about the Darke County Safety Council, employers can contact the Darke County Chamber of Commerce, 937-548-2102 or contact 1-800-OHIOBWC, visit ohiobwc.com.