New trends in the Worker's Compensation Industry reward public and private companies that conduct drug and alcohol testing. Ohio has
an ongoing premium discount program for employers that have a Drug-Free
BWC's New DFSP (Drug-Free Safety Program) is an incentive program designed to help employers establish a safer and more cost-effective workplace. You can join hundreds of other Ohio employers by choosing to keep your employees safe and reduce the chance of an accident caused by substance use.
The Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) is a BWC rate program which offers a premium discount to eligible employers for implementing a program addressing workplace use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs, including prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drug abuse. Let the Bureau of Worker's Compensation pay you for your Drug-Free
Safety Program! Get up to $10,000 in Safety Grant Money, and up to
7% off your current premium rates while maintaining a safer workplace for your employees!
Ohio's Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) includes:
- Up to a 7 percent reduction in Workers' Compensation premiums;
- This discount may be combined with other other discounts;
- Up to $10,000 Safety Grant money during the first
- Combine BWC program with existing program.
IEBT can set-up and administer this program for your company. We provide:
- Grant Processing;
- Employee and Supervisor Training;
- Drug and Alcohol Testing both on-site and at clinics;
- Full Coordination with Bureau of Workers’
Compensation and other programs.
The courts and the public are holding American employers responsible for the behavior of their substance-using employees. Not only do alcohol and other drug use affect profitability of companies, they also affect the health, safety and productivity of workers.
Consider these statistics:
- Productivity — Substance users are 33 percent to 50 percent less productive;
- Absenteeism — Users are absent an average of three weeks or more per year and are tardy three times more often than non-users;
- Accidents — Users are three to four times more likely to have an accident on the job and five times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim;
- Medical claims — Substance users file 300 percent to 400 percent more costly medical claims;
- Employee theft — An estimated 50 percent to 80 percent of all pilferage, theft and loss is due to substance-using employees.
Substance use is often the silent and unseen cause of work-related accidents. Unfortunately, employers and their employees don't realize it until it's too late.
Statistics from national studies show how costly substance use is within the workplace, and Ohio is no different. According to the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation, estimates of the cost of substance use to employers vary, ranging from $7,000 to $25,000 annually per substance user.
The greatest value of this program is in its long-range benefits, rather than the discount itself. Implementing the
Drug-Free Safety Program is truly a good business decision for any employer.