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OhioBWC - Employer:  (Safety & Hygiene) - Public Employment Risk Reduction Program

Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP)

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:

  • 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.
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.

Adopted standards
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, 1926 and 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.

Learn more
To learn more about the role and mission of PERRP, download this introductory presentation.

PERRP injury and illness recordkeeping

Importance of PERRP recordkeeping
Injury and illness recordkeeping is an integral component of a successful workplace safety and health program. PERRP recordkeeping helps public employers analyze their working environment for existing and predictable hazards that are likely to cause serious injuries and illnesses. Accurate and complete information on the required PERRP forms is essential for an effective program.

PERRP recordkeeping forms
The PERRP recordkeeping forms consist of three separate documents: the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (300P); the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (300AP); and the Injury and Illness Incident Report (301P).

PERRP has made available a Microsoft Excel version of the forms to provide employers with an electronic means of maintaining their injury and illness records. The forms are also available as a PDF document that also contains the PERRP recordkeeping instructions.

A hard copy of the forms and instructions are also available by contacting PERRP at 1-800-671-6858.

PERRP Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (300AP) – Due Feb. 1
Every year, all Ohio public employers must submit a Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (300AP) to PERRP by Feb. 1. You can submit your 300AP Summary electronically online.

You can also mail a hard copy or FAX your 300AP to the address at the bottom of this page.

PERRP Sharps Injury Form (and) Needlestick Report (SH-12)
Public employers must complete and submit a PERRP Sharps Injury Form (and) Needlestick Report (SH-12) for every needlestick or sharps injury that occurs in a public sector workplace. The SH-12 is designed to gather information about the effectiveness of engineered sharps protection.

You may also print a blank PERRP SH-12 and mail or fax completed forms to the address or fax number found at the bottom of this page. PERRP questions
If you have questions about PERRP recordkeeping or any other safety and health related issue, our staff is ready to assist you. You can contact us, by phone, FAX, email and mail.

Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP)
13430 Yarmouth Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (800) 671-6858
Fax: (614) 644-3133
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