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Enrollment in a safety council is open to all state fund, self-insured companies and public employers in Ohio who pay premiums or administrative fees to BWC. To enroll, an employer must have active BWC coverage.
Enrollment in the safety council can occur any time of the year.

Sponsors are prohibited from requiring an employer to be a member of their organization to participate in safety council. BWC’s subsidy is intended to ensure the program is open and accessible to all Ohio employers and employees.

BWC will monitor safety council member fee structures to ensure employers’ costs remain nominal. A membership/participation cost structure based on the employer’s status in the sponsoring organization is acceptable.

Based on rules set forth in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4123-17-56.2, most employers who fulfill safety council rebate eligibility requirements can earn a 3% rebate on their workers' compensation premium. The maximum annual rebate an employer can earn is $5,000**.

**To receive the rebate, not to exceed $5,000 annually, employers’ policies must be current with respect to all payments due to BWC. Employers may not have cumulative lapses in workers’ compensation coverage in excess of 40 days within the prior 12 months. Additionally, employers must have timely reported actual payroll for the preceding policy year and pay any premium due upon reconciliation of estimated premium and actual premium.

Eligibility requirements:

Guidelines for meeting attendance credit:

Guidelines for external training credit:
It is the employer's responsibility to submit an official certificate of attendance for external training credit to the safety council in which they are enrolled by June 30, 2024.

Immediately upon receipt of an external training certificate, sponsors are required to submit the certificate in the Ohio BWC Grant Management Portal.

External training may include:

Download Enrollment Form

External Credit Training Guide