On October 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica rule in the construction industry became fully effective. The silica rule is one of the most comprehensive health standards ever issued for the construction industry and significantly reduces the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for crystalline silica.Read more
OSHA requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards. Influenza (flu) is a hazardous contagious viral respiratory disease that peaks in the winter months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza causes approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in our country each year. Influenza is easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing and poor hand hygiene.Read more
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration & The National Safety Council remind both motorists and pedestrians to use EXTRA caution on Halloween night. Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to twice as many child pedestrians on the streets. In 2016, 107 people died on the roads on the night of October 31st, and 21 percent of those killed were pedestrians. October is the second deadliest month on the roads due to increased pedestrian traffic.Read more
Our paralegal, Ashley Lindsley, accomplished something truly incredible. Ashley is a novice bowler, who bowls no more than twice/year. On Friday, October 20, 2017, Ashley went out for some glow-bowling (bowling under neon lights) with some friends in Detroit.Read more
Even though it’s been nearly 3 years since OSHA changed their injury reporting requirements, there are still many cases of injuries not being reported on time or at all. This results in unnecessary citations and fines. With this in mind, we’d like to offer a brief refresher on the OSHA Injury Reporting rules that went into effect in 2015.Read more
Have you been keeping track of your Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) premiums during these last couple of months? I have helped many employers get a handle on the moving parts that make up their BWC premiums. Remember, for this article, we are always talking about the State’s fiscal year that begins July 1. Here’s a brief summary of what is happening (much of it good)!
2015 Billion Back
Because the Ohio State Fund Surplus has exceeded $9.