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Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP)

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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.

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 ½ 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
Most Common Violations by Section
Most Common Violations by Standard

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

PERRP questions
If you have questions about any PERRP occupational safety and health activities or adopted standards, our staff is ready to assist you. You can contact us by mail, phone, fax and email.
Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP)
13430 Yarmouth Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 800- 671-6858
Fax: 614-621-5754
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