OhioBWC - Employer - Form: (Manual Classification) - Instructions Page
Manual classification assignment
The object of the classification system is to assign the one basic manual classification
that best describes the business. It is the business of the employer that is classified,
not the separate employments, occupations, or operations within the business. BWC assigns
a unique rate to each classification and adjusts the rates every year.
|Classifications are divided into two types – basic and standard exceptions. Basic
classifications describe your company’s business. An example of a basic classification is
an employer who manufactures computers. This type of business has warehouse personnel,
maintenance employees, forklift drivers and assembly line workers. However, since the
basic business is manufacturing computers, the classification would be 3574 - Computing,
Recording or Office Machine Mfg., NOC. Note that the individual operations supporting the
business are not separately classified.
|Standard exceptions are the classifications for employees that are common to most
businesses and are available to all employers with certain exceptions you’ll see below.
Employees assigned to these classifications cannot have any other duties within your operation.
Standard exceptions include:
Some basic classifications include one or more of the standard exceptions. In these situations,
the employer does not qualify for the standard exception classification. For example, the
classification for a physician’s office is 8832 - Physician & Clerical. These employers do
not qualify for the standard exception classification of 8810, as clerical employees are
included in their basic classification.
- 8810 - Clerical Office Employees;
- 8871 - Clerical Telecommuter Employees;
- 7380 - Drivers, Chauffeurs and their Helpers;
- 8742 - Salespersons, Collectors or Messengers, Outside.
|If you, the applicant for coverage, use online manual classification, you will receive
instant notification of the manual classification(s) that you selected and the applicable
rates for each.
|After you submit your manual classifications online, BWC will review your selections
and change them if necessary. Then we will send you confirmation of your classifications
in the mail.
|The following businesses are not able to use the online manual classification:
- Temporary help agencies;
- Professional employer and staff leasing organizations;
- Employers who select the home improvement/construction option under domestic household coverage;
- Social service agencies providing charitable or non-profit services;
- Public employers;
- Employers requiring specially mandated blacklung or marine-fund coverage.