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Ohio Safety Council
2021 - 2022 Mega Meeting

All Ohio employers are invited to attend two online statewide meetings hosted by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to supplement the Ohio Safety Council Program year. There is no fee to attend.

BWC is offering two sessions – one in October and another next April. The webinars will include opening remarks from BWC Administrator Stephanie McCloud and will be moderated by BWC Ohio Safety Council Program Manager Michelle Francisco.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Leading from Your Heart!

David Sarkus, MS, CSP is Chief Servant Leader and Founder of David Sarkus International, a leading health and safety management consulting and training firm.

You want to achieve zero-incident culture for safety—who doesn’t? But what does it really take to get to that point? For starters, it takes great leadership, coaching, and engagement. This inspiring keynote, which parallels servant leadership principles, is infused with humor, and will reveal seven contemporary and empirically based principles that will move your people from superficial compliance to deeper and more durable forms of personal commitment to safety.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Now What? How to Lead by Bringing Your Human to Work

Erica Keswin is a two-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, internationally sought-after speaker, and workplace strategist.

We’ve all been through a lot, but managers at every level are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress and pressures. Erica will provide tools to help leaders find their way through this difficult time. Learn more about how successful companies navigate turbulent times, prepare to bring your human to work, be confident that you can manage the chaos and be ready to rock the hybrid revolution!

If you have any questions, contact our Sedgwick program manager, Tony Sharrock, (614) 376-5450.


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Are you Maximizing the Value of your OCA Membership Investment?

When your company joined OCA, you gained access to an extensive menu of products, services and savings.

Members have access to OCA multi-employer 401(k) program, can apply for OCA’s Worker’s Comp Group Rating Plan, and can explore OCA’s Endorsed Health Care Program. Discounts on cell phone plans, fuel purchases (bulk and at the pump), vehicle purchases, tires, office supplies…and more…are available to qualifying OCA members.

Take a moment to explore this benefit of OCA membership at: Discounted Business Services  

You can also contact Lynda Pomeroy at 614-488-0724, or send an email to [email protected] for more help with this valuable member benefit.


BWC Special Event! "Leading From Your Heart"

All Ohio employers are invited to attend this week’s online statewide safety council mega meeting with special appearance by BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.

Leading from Your Heart!
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The leadership, coaching, and engagement necessary to achieve a zero-incident safety culture. Featuring David Sarkus, Founder of David Sarkus International, a leading health and safety management consulting and training firm.

Click here to view the attached document for all related details. Join the event at the scheduled time, there is no pre-registration.


19th Annual Top Gun Premier Midwest Construction Claims Webinar Series

Bricker & Eckler's construction attorneys are proud to present "Top Gun," our premier Midwest construction claims webinar series. This free event will cover:

•    Important construction concepts, including key contract language, best practices for project documentation, the risks of unforseen site conditions, delays and lost productivity claims, and the design professional's standard of care

•     Strategies to address damage and claims

•     Tools to analyze, prepare for and defend against claims for additional compensation

•     Options to manage and resolve construction claims efficiently

Click here for full agenda and registration

This webinar series has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 7.25 total CLE hours instruction. Approval is pending. Additionally, Ohio Engineering CPD credit will be available upon request for each webinar.


OCA's Workers Comp Group Deadline Approaching!

The deadline to enroll in the Ohio Contractors Association workers’ compensation group program is just around the corner! Make sure you choose our program administered by Sedgwick.

Enrollment paperwork was sent to you for our traditional group rating and/or group retrospective rating programs. The deadline to enroll in these programs is quickly approaching. Don’t miss out on your opportunity for significant premium savings!

     • Group Rating - Sedgwick must receive your enrollment by November 17, 2021

     • Group Retrospective Rating - Sedgwick must receive your enrollment by January 26, 2022.

OCA’S endorsed Third Party Administrator (TPA), Sedgwick does an excellent job in delivering workers’ compensation claims management and cost containment strategies to nearly 65,000 hard-working Ohio employers.

Sedgwick works closely with OCA to provide a seamless process for our members to be evaluated and to receive premium savings estimates. Sedgwick has saved Ohio employers participating in group rating more than $4 billion over the past ten years and Ohio employers participating in group retrospective rating have earned over $630 million in refunds since implementation in 2009.

For more information, contact our Sedgwick program manager, Tony Sharrock at (614) 376-5450. Time is running out! Get your paperwork in today!


BWC - Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program

Air Quality: The bureau is also asking facilities eligible for its COVID-19 indoor air quality assistance program, which offers up to $15,000 in reimbursement for inspections of air quality needs and steps to address them, by Oct. 15.

The funding for the program came from the federal CARES Act and was launched last November.

"Ensuring vulnerable Ohioans have the healthiest possible environment is critical," said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. "Governor Mike DeWine and I highly encourage all eligible facilities to take advantage of these funds and weaken the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities."


Membership has its Benefits

OCA membership is a rich resource for both member companies – and their employees. When your company joined OCA, they they also became a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC of America), our national partner who serves our industry nationwide and who takes our voice to Washington. That membership gives company employees access to AGC benefits, like news, discounts, education, events, career opportunities, and more.

If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to register with AGC, so that when a program of interest is scheduled, or when you want to take a look at the discounts available to you, you will be able to do so.

Registration is simple – just 3 easy steps. Download the flyer or contact Lynda Pomeroy at OCA for assistance.


Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

Booster doses of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine are now available for the following populations at least six months after completion of the primary Pfizer series, meaning at least six months after your second dose:

• People 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings SHOULD receive a booster shot.

• People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions SHOULD receive a booster shot.

• People ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient, but those eligible are encouraged to talk to their healthcare providers if they have any questions.

• People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.

At this time, booster doses are authorized only for fully vaccinated Pfizer vaccine recipients who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will review data and determine if and when booster doses are needed by each COVID-19 vaccine product. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will offer guidance for booster dose use. Right now, recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines do not need booster doses, but this could change based on ongoing evaluation.

Immunocompromised individuals who meet certain, specific criteria and received an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna), are already eligible for a third dose in their main primary series to strengthen their initial vaccine response. This additional dose should not be confused with a booster dose, which is used to strengthen waning immunity and bolster protection against serious outcomes including hospitalization and death.

For additional information about the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster, you can check out Ohio’s COVID-19 information website or the CDC website.


 

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