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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I enroll in the Northeast Ohio Safety Council?

A. You can enroll by calling Margaret Bajic at 216-592-2373 or email neosc@cose.org.

Q. What is the process to become a member of the Northeast Ohio Safety Council if I am a member of a different safety council?

A. If you are a member of another safety council but want to join the Northeast Ohio Safety Council contact COSE at 216-592-2373 and let them know. COSE will then work with your current safety council and the Ohio BWC to transfer your membership to the NEOSC.

Q. Who should attend the meetings?

A. The safety council meetings should be attended by an individual within the organization in the areas of Human Resources, Risk Management, etc. Per the Ohio BWC guidelines, a CEO or like-ranking representative is required to attend at least one meeting. The meetings do not need to be attended by just one individual. You are able to send different individuals to each event if need be.

Q. Are there any other ways to receive a discount on my workers' compensation premium besides attending a safety council meeting?

A. To receive 2 percent off your workers' compensation premium you must attend a total of ten (10) meetings - at least eight (8) must be through the local safety council. You are also able to receive credit for up to two (2) meetings by attending the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo or a training class offered through the Division of Safety & Hygiene. Group Experience Rated Employers are eligible to earn 2 percent performance bonus rebate for reduction in accident frequency or severity.

Q. What do I need to do to get credit for a safety council meeting at another event?

A. If attending a meeting, training seminar, conference, etc. that can be used towards the meeting requirements please submit a certificate of accomplishment/attendance and/or a transcript from the event to the safety council manager. Upon review, the safety council manager will confirm the attendance and inform you and the BWC of the approval.

Q. If I earn the discount how do I receive the check?

A. Each organization that meets the eligibility requirements to receive the discount will pay the workers' compensation premium and will then receive checks mailed directly by the Ohio BWC.

Q. Why am I submitting semi-annual reports?

A. As part of the discount eligibility requirements, each participating company is required to submit semi-annual reports. The purpose of these reports is to provide information to the Ohio BWC on the accident history of each company in the prior six months. This data will be used to determine the winners of the Safety Awards, which will be distributed at a safety council meeting. Semi-Annual reports are due to the safety council manager by July 15, 2017 and January 15, 2018.

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