By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager
Employers who are part of BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program can earn up to a 4-percent annual rebate on their workers’ compensation premium by fulfilling certain attendance and performance goals.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, almost 5,000 Ohio employers fulfilled the eligibility requirements necessary to earn that rebate and received a combined $9.6 million dollars for their efforts.
I recently asked safety council sponsors with the highest employer rebate earnings what impact this savings has on their members and the community. Needless to say, they are very pleased!
Licking County Safety Council Manager Brittany Misner says, “Savings earned will allow our local employers the opportunity to invest in more efficient and safe equipment, workplace wellness programs and safety education/training.” Member Valerie Spanovich – human resources manager at Star Wipers –reports her company always takes away valuable information from the monthly meetings. She adds, “To be able to do that and earn a rebate is a great advantage for us.”
Michele Blaney, manager of the Capital Area Safety Council, knows many members have used their rebate or the scholarships their local program offers to improve their safety culture. Some examples include providing training they may not have thought could fit in the budget without the incentives, or bringing additional safety team members to safety council meetings to increase engagement.
Kathy Kellums, manager of the Cleveland Southwest Safety Council queried her members and received these positive responses:
AmeriMark Direct – The rebate is significant and fuels interest in remaining actively involved;
Quadax – The rebate allows them to send more of their employees to the meetings; being selected to attend is a valuable motivational tool for employees.
Greater Cleveland Safety Council Manager Tom Rabe states, “The rebate program has truly increased the number of active members who benefit from safety awareness and the monetary incentives are important to all organizations.”
“The impact on employers: I would say it is significant,” cites Black Swamp Safety Council Manager Mari Yoder. “Area employers are struggling to meet their profit margins and to remain competitive. Employee costs play a significant role and lost time due to health/ accidents are a major concern. These rebates often allow businesses the opportunity to invest in equipment and training to ensure workers can remain as productive as possible.”
This is the very reason BWC sponsors this one-of-a-kind program! See our safety councils listing to find information about a safety council near you.