As a sponsor of a workers' compensation group rating program, the Ohio Library Council is responsible for informing and educating its program participants about the importance of worker safety. The OLC, together with its third-party administrator, the Frank Gates Service Co., and the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has created a number of resources that library administrators can use to educate themselves and their staff about important safety issues.
2012-2013 Group Rating Sponsor Letter of Accountability
Worker Safety Articles
Library administrators are encouraged to use the following articles to inform and educate their staffs.
BWC Consultant Services
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation maintains local customer service offices throughout the state to make it easier for Ohio libraries to take advantage of injury-prevention services. Specializing in safety, industrial hygiene and ergonomics, BWC consultants will provide on-site services for your library.
The success of any safety effort depends on leadership's commitment, involvement and support. Making the commitment to employee safety as a part of your overall library's operations will reinforce the efforts of BWC safety consultants. The BWC's goal is to provide the knowledge, tools and skills you need to prevent injuries and illnesses in an effort to create a safe workplace. Some of the issues the consultants can address include:
BWC safety professionals can be contacted at www.ohiobwc.com [under the “Safety Services” tab, click on “Consulting Services], or by calling the “Employer Services” at 1-800-OHIO-BWC.
BWC Education Resources
The Ohio BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene offers a number of education resources, including Web-based training classes. Employees can learn at their pace, in their own work environment. Course offerings include: getting started with safety, avoiding back trauma, preventing slips, trips and falls, and much more. More information and instructions for online registration are available.