Top 5 Reasons EVERY BUSINESS should join the safety council
1. Save Money - You can earn up to 4% off your workers' compensation premiums. Participating local employers are saving thousands of dollars in premiums per year through this program.
2. Training - Informative monthly training presentations are provided on workplace safety, employee health and workers compensation.
3. Stay Informed - Stay up to date on changes and better management practices in Ohio's worker' compensation system.
4. Healthcare Cost - Our new emphasis on workplace wellness training, in addition to safety, can help control healthcare costs and improve productivity and safety.
5. Networking Opportunity - Over 80 people attend the council meetings each month to hear the training presentation, enjoy breakfast and interact with fellow business people.
NOW is the time to seek a rebate from the state on your workers compensation premiums by enrolling in the local Safety Council program.
The deadline to join is July 31 of each year, so read on about the program and get your enrollment form in now.
Safety Council is a program of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene. Its purpose is to promote workplace safety through education, information and training, and to enable employers to earn a rebate on their workers comp premium in the process. In other words, the Ohio BWC believes that prevention of workplace safety and health issues is a priority and that employers who make an effort to maintain safe workplaces should be rewarded. The result for employers is a program that is an effective way to reduce workers comp premiums. At the local level, the Chamber manages the Safety Council program in our area through an agreement with the Ohio BWC.
The rebate is earned by fulfilling certain simple program requirements. The program offers employers two separate 2% discounts, or a total possible savings of 4%. The first is a 2% premium rebate for completing the program eligibility requirements, and the second is 2% performance bonus for employers who reduce their frequency or severity of claims by 10 percent or more below the previous year’s frequency or severity, or employers who maintain both frequency and severity at zero. Rebate payments are sent by the Ohio BWC to employers who earn the rebate in the last quarter of each calendar year.
The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers and state agencies. Also, employers already participating in Group Experience Rating who meet the program eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance rebate, and Group Retrospective Rating employers who meet the program eligibility requirements will receive a rebate of 2-percent of their annual premium.
A Safety Council meeting is held each month where a program is presented on a safety, health or workers comp topic. Attendance at the meetings is one of the rebate eligibility requirements. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 8 am to 9 am, and breakfast is served. Sixty to seventy people usually attend the meetings. A meeting notice is sent the week before each meeting. There is a membership fee to participate in Safety Council. The rate for the next year is $110 per person per year. View our calendar of events to stay current on Safety Council meetings and time.
July marks the beginning of the Safety Council year, since it parallels the state’s fiscal year. That’s why it is essential to submit your enrollment form before the end of July if you want to earn the rebate through participation in this program. New members are welcome any time of year but will not be eligible for the rebate until the next fiscal year.
The Safety Council program includes participation in an annual awards program. The program recognizes positive safety records in the workplace and can be used to encourage safe practices and celebrate the efforts of the workforce. Awards are presented each year the Chamber’s “Spring Break” annual meeting.
Even employers that are not eligible for the Safety Council rebate are welcome to join and to earn annual safety awards. Non members are also welcome to attend meetings if a program topic interests them.
If you are already a Safety Council member, you do not need to re-enroll. We will assume you are continuing in the program for the coming year. Please let us know if you are a member and DO NOT plan to continue in the coming year.
Safety Council meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 8 am to 9 am at Zanesville Country Club. In November and December the meetings are typically one week earlier due to the holidays. Before attending be sure to call to confirm a meeting date, time and location. Contact Ashley
New Fiscal Year Begins-
January 24, 2018
Steps to Join Safety Council
1. Determine if you are eligible
2. Review, understand and commit to the eligibility requirements.
3. Submit the enrollment form by July 31.
4. Pay the membership fee of $135 when invoiced in August.
5. Begin attending meetings and fulfilling other eligibility requirements.