BWC reminds employers to think safety during National Safety Month | Business
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer kicked off the month of June with a reminder to employers and employees to think safety. June is National safety Month across the United States and a perfect time for employers to review and update their safety programs.
“I encourage employers to utilize this month to talk with employees and hear suggestions for making their workplaces safer,” said Administrator Buehrer. “They should even consider marking the month of June each year to review their safety programs and requirements to ensure everyone understands safety procedures and has received the latest training.”
Here are a few suggested areas to review yearly and links to additional BWC resources:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administrator (OSHA) record keeping requirements – Employers with more than 10 employees during a year must complete an annual OSHA records report. Information about what is required is located on OSHA’s website.
- Emergency preparedness programs – There are many types of emergencies employers face, from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. Employers can review scenarios with their employees so they are prepared to make the best decisions in the event of an emergency.
- Hazard communications plans – These plans keep record of all hazardous chemicals, how to use them, what to do if an employee is exposed, and where to find that data within the workplace easily. Employees need this training when hired and refreshed throughout their employment. BWC consultants can help employers create a hazard communications plan.
- First Aid Kit – Check the first aid kit to ensure all supplies are replenished and any medications are not expired. BWC’s video library contains several training videos on first aid in the workplace.
For more information about safety go to ohiobwc.com and click on Safety Services to get tips, information about grants and consultations.
Employers can call 1-800-OHIOBWC to schedule safety consultations.
All BWC safety services are included as part of employers’ premiums at no additional charge.