Ohio: Workers' comp bureau approves substance abuse prevention program
The Drug-Free Safety Program, which will be implement July 1, will replace the current initiative and was created as a result of the recommendations of the recent comprehensive study of the state's workers' comp system, programs and services. Officials said the modernized program extends eligibility to more employers and eliminates the current program's participation limit of five years. The restructured program will also provide premium discounts of 3 to 7 percent.
Dr. Abe Al-Tarawneh, superintendent of the BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene, said the program's design process included a thorough review of scientific literature and similar benchmarked drug-free workplace programs. In addition, the agency consulted with experts from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and The Ohio State University. The process also included structured meetings for soliciting input from interested parties, including employers, employer and employee representative organizations, third-party administrators, and vendors.
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June 24, 2010
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