Private sector employers in Ohio must comply with federal occupational safety and health standards for safety plans (e.g., hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens exposure control, emergency action); the state does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program.
Public sector employers are governed by the Ohio workplace safety and health rules through the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP). The state has adopted the federal requirements for written safety plans.
Employers that complete a loss-prevention program or a drug-free safety program (safety action plan) may be eligible for workers’ compensation premium discounts.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation administers workplace safety and health rules for public and private sector workplaces.
ORCA 4123.34 and OAC 4123-17-18
Employers may be eligible for workers' compensation premium discounts up to 10 percent if they:
- Successfully complete an approved loss prevention program; or
- Do not incur a compensable injury for 1 year or more and maintain an employee safety committee or similar organization.