Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies. Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To…

Criminal Enterprise Fraud Scheme to Interfere With Retail Stores’ Satellite Communications

AFPD received a bulletin from the Michigan State Police through the Michigan Consumer Protection Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding the “tinfoil on the satellite receiver scheme” along with a “Situational Awareness Bulletin”. These fraud schemes have been migrating from the Southern states toward the North. Therefore AFPD members in…

Prospective Rating Plan Announced

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) recently approved some changes concerning the way they collect premium from businesses.  Currently, companies  pay workers’ compensation premium six-months in arrears.  In other words, employers pay premiums after the six-month coverage period.  For example, in February of 2014 businesses will pay premiums covering the period of July 2013…

ALERT: Mandatory Employee Training

OSHA has adopted new hazardous chemical labeling requirements as a part of its recent revision of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), bringing it into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

Therefore, OSHA is requiring employers to provide mandatory training for employees on the new chemical label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and SDS format by December 1, 2013, so this issue needs to be addressed now! OSHA believes that American workplaces will soon begin to receive labels and SDSs that are consistent with the GHS, since many American and foreign chemical manufacturers have already begun to produce HazCom 2012/GHS-compliant labels and SDSs. It is important to ensure that when employees begin to see the new labels and SDSs in their workplaces, they will be familiar with them, understand how to use them, and access the information effectively.

To help businesses comply and meet the mandatory employee training requirements, AFPD is providing training sessions to employers/managers which will enable the attendees to train their employees. Classes are (3) hours in length, and you must pre-register.

For Michigan classes, click here.
For Ohio classes, click here.

Tobacco News

Ohio Attorney General, Mike Dewine is pushing Kroger, Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and other retailers with Pharmacies to voluntarily stop selling all tobacco products and follow the lead of CVS (Caremark) who announced they will no longer sell tobacco products. It was reported in the Columbus Dispatch; The State of Ohio must boost its efforts to…