New tool in safety for public employers
The PERRP Safety Alert (PSA) is a tool for employers to educate employees about potential risks that have already caused injuries or death to other public employers in Ohio. The PSA outlines ways
to reduce or eliminate work related accidents. It also covers training and proper work practices. Then it identifies controls necessary to reduce the risk of serious injury.
The PSA is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. The PSA is advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist public employers in providing
a safe and healthful workplace. To view the current PSA click here.
The role and mission of PERRP is to ensure public employees in Ohio have safe and healthy working conditions. Public
employers must furnish to each public employee a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely
to cause death or serious physical harm. This fundamental requirement is the foundation of the Public Employment Risk
Reduction Act (the Act) which is also referred to as House Bill (HB) 308.
PERRP provides safety and health protection to approximately 600,000 public employees across Ohio. However, HB308
exempted peace officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and correctional officers in county and municipal correctional
institutions from PERRP jurisdiction.
Elements of the Act
The Act ensures a safe and healthful work environment for public employees by providing:
The Act also requires public employers to display a “notice” to inform employees of their rights and responsibilities. You
can order a printed copy of the
required poster or you can download and print a
copy on 8 ˝ x 14 (legal) size paper.
- Public employees a right to refuse unsafe job assignments with a risk of death or serious physical
harm (imminent danger);
- Public employees a right to file a complaint about unsafe working conditions;
- PERRP investigation of fatalities and multiple hospitalization incidents;
- Discrimination (whistleblower) protection for employees exercising their rights under the Act.
HB 308 incorporated by reference all Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards found in
the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 29 Parts 1910,
1928 as Ohio Employment Risk Reduction Standards.
All adopted Ohio Employment Risk Reduction Standards are found in Chapter 4167 of the Ohio Revised Code and the
Ohio Administrative Code.
Top 25 Recognized Hazards in CY 2013
Most Common Violations by Section
Most Common Violations by Standard
Compliance Assistance Services
PERRP encourages public employers and employees to take pro-active voluntary action to provide a safe and healthy
working environment. PERRP offers a variety of compliance assistance services to assist them in their efforts.
To learn more about the role and mission of PERRP, download this introductory presentation.