BWC August Safety Newsletter
Employer Demographic Information
At BWC, we are committed to ensuring businesses are aware of all the updates, resources, rebate options, rating programs and safety services available to you.
However, we need to be able to communicate with the employer community properly. To maintain the highest quality of service, we ask employers to verify and update all the demographic information on their policies. This includes items like accurate business and mailing addresses, contact persons, phone numbers and email addresses. Demographic updates to a policy can be done very easily through the My Policy Page at www.bwc.ohio.gov.
BWC is very transparent when it comes to providing employers information regarding their policy. And confident, secure online access is paramount in helping employers manage the policy efficiently and effectively.
Access to the employer policy is granted through an e-account. Employer e-accounts should be closely monitored due to the sensitive, confidential, and personal information available on our website. If the primary or a secondary user has left the company, their respective e-accounts should be permanently disabled, and new ones created. Additionally, BWC suggests each person who needs access to the BWC policy, should have their own secondary account, which is managed by the primary e-account holder. Users should never share a primary or secondary account.
For assistance with updating and managing e-account access, employers should contact BWC’s call center at 800-644-6292.
BWC Safety Grants
The BWC has several grants available for addressing general and specific safety concerns for both public and private employers. All our grant information can be found at the following link:
BWC’s YouTube Channel
Did you know BWC had a YouTube Channel? Over 235 informative and unique videos can be found on our channel:
Monthly Employer Update Webinars
The BWC Monthly Employer Update webinars are a free, convenient opportunity for employers to learn about important items to assist in managing their policies. Lasting approximately 25 minutes, the webinars are designed to provide a high level of detail in short period of time. Since topics change monthly, the webinars are held on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of the month. Dates for this month’s webinars are Tuesday, August 8, 2023 1:30 PM and Thursday, August 24, 2023 11:30 AM
Information, registration, and archives can be found at the following link: Employer webinars | Bureau of Workers' Compensation (ohio.gov)
Better You, Better Ohio!
BWC continues to promote Better You, Better Ohio! (BYBO), a full wellness program designed to provide health and wellness resources to workers who work for small employers (250 or fewer workers) in high-risk industries assuming the employer does not currently have a wellness program in place.
BYBO offers workers financial rewards (up to $225) for taking steps to improve their health and wellness such as completing a health assessment and a biometric screening. Health coaching and activity incentives are also available.
BWC offers a monthly informational webinar for any employer who wants to know more. Employers may register for the July webinar using the following link: Tuesday, August 15, 2023 10:00 AM
For more information visit the following links:
Another great fact about BYBO: if, as an employer, you don’t think you are eligible due to your size or industry, simply enrolling in the Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program (SURWSP) makes you eligible for BYBO! BWC permits any employer in SURWSP to be eligible for the BYBO program, regardless of industry or size. Participation in the program is subject to the rules and policies of the BYBO program.
*Agriculture; automotive repair and service; construction; firefighters; health care; manufacturing; police and public safety; public employers; restaurant and food service; transportation and trucking; trash collection; wholesale and retail.
Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program
Brought to you in partnership with Recovery Ohio, this program provides funding to help employers more effectively manage substance use issues in their workplace. Eligible employers can enroll in the program and recieve reimbursement for:
- Policy Development and legal review - Annual maximum of $2,000
- Employee and Supervisor education and training - Annual maximum of $5,000
- Drug testing for employers with recovery-friendly “second chance” agreements – Annual maximum of $1,500 (maximum of $100/test).
- Applies to pre-employment, post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and follow-up testing.
Participating employers also have access to a no-cost employee wellness incentive program, our Better You! Better Ohio! program.
Additional details may be found here: Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program | Bureau of Workers' Compensation (ohio.gov)
If you are interested or want to discuss further, please contact a BWC Regional Business Consultant assigned to your region. Business consultant contact information can be found here: BWC Regional Business Consultants
News & Events
The news and events section of our website provides updates and a perpetual calendar of important dates and upcoming events. News | Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (ohio.gov) Check out the link for the latest posts.