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OSHA increasing COVID-19-Related inspections with new National Emphasis Program

Posted on April 8th, 2021 by admin@iwcp

While many employers anticipated an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19 on March 15 per President Biden’s Executive Order, OSHA took an unusual step and launched a COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP) https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/directives/DIR_2021-01_CPL-03.pdf on March 12 before issuing the ETS. It is expected that an ETS will be forthcoming, but the only official statement from […]

Cost-saving lessons from 2021 Workers’ Compensation audits

Posted on March 19th, 2021 by admin@iwcp

As Certified WorkComp Advisors (CWCA), we are trained, certified, and mentored by the Institute of WorkComp Professionals (IWCP) to guide employers to the lowest possible workers’ comp costs. Kevin Ring, Chief Operations Officer and Lead Workers Comp Analyst of IWCP recently reported on a consequential pattern that is emerging from Workers’ Compensation audits across the […]

Nine actions employers should take to avoid OSHA COVID-19 related citations

Posted on November 10th, 2020 by admin@iwcp

Even the best-intentioned employers find the constantly changing federal OSHA guidance on COVID-19 unnerving. For example, consider the decision whether to report an employee’s hospitalization or death due to COVID-19, which was addressed with different guidance in April, May, July, and, most recently, October (see OSHA watch). Moreover, few citations were issued in the Spring […]

Eight steps to create a winning game plan for renewals

Posted on October 15th, 2020 by admin@iwcp

It is a time like no other for insurance renewals. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout have upended the decades-long certainty within the workers’ compensation market that let employers reap the benefits of a soft market. Steep declines in premiums as a result of historic unemployment and falling payrolls suppressed investment returns from […]

Ten Commandments for a Workers’ Comp Audit

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by admin@iwcp

While an IRS audit strikes fear in the hearts of business owners, a Workers’ Compensation premium audit is considered routine. Yet, there is a very good chance that it can result in higher charges, particularly if you are not adequately prepared. Clerical errors, incorrect classifications, and miscalculations often lead to overcharges. There are two important […]

Kevin Ring Featured on Connected Insurance Podcast

Posted on December 30th, 2019 by admin@iwcp

The Institute’s Leader Workers’ Compensation Analyst, Kevin Ring, was featured on the December 18th episode of the Connected Insurance Podcast, produced by Agency Revolution. In this conversation, Kevin discusses strategies that are working today to get employers excited about workers’ compensation, despite drastically falling rates. Check it out here.

OSHA reiterates that online safety training may not meet requirements

Posted on December 6th, 2019 by admin@iwcp

In a standard interpretation https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2019-07-11 issued earlier this year, OSHA answered the question: Are online training programs acceptable for compliance with OSHA’s worker training requirements?  Interestingly, this standard interpretation is very similar in wording to one issued 25 years ago. While the agency acknowledges that online training is a useful component of an overall training […]

Long-term opioid prescriptions greatly increase the duration of temporary disability

Posted on July 12th, 2018 by admin@iwcp

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examined the impact of opioid prescriptions on the duration of temporary disability benefits for workers with lower back injuries. The conclusion: long-term opioid prescriptions lead to temporary disability durations more than three times longer than claims without opioid prescriptions. Long-term is defined as having prescriptions within the first three […]

Getting LOTO wrong could cost

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by admin@iwcp

Getting LOTO wrong is costly Here’s how to get it right Many companies believe they are in compliance with OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard; yet, it is one of the most difficult to comply with and is the number five violation in general industry and construction. To give you an idea of the standard’s complexity, a […]

Lock out Tag out – energization removed

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by admin@iwcp

OSHA’s removal of the term “unexpected energization” from the LOTO standard likely to lead to more citations Under the Obama administration, OSHA began an effort under the Standards Improvement Project 4 to fix minor, noncontroversial issues in several existing regulations, including the lockout/tagout regulation. While these issues typically include correcting typos, eliminating redundancies and clarifying […]