Welcome to the Industrial Commission
NOTICE: After a year and a half of review, the Commissioners have finalized the Hearing Officer Manual, which will be effective Monday, August 15, 2016. The updated version is now entitled Adjudications Before the Ohio Industrial Commission, and will be available on August 15, 2016 at 7:30 A.M. Please note that several memos have been moved and new memos have been added.
Change of Venue Announced for the 2016 Statewide Hearing Officer Meeting. The event will now be held in the William Green Building’s BWC Auditorium on Level 2. To view the agenda, click here.
The IC-32a form has been recently updated. Click on the “Forms” quick link at the top of the page to view the new form.
About the Industrial Commission
The Ohio Industrial Commission (IC) conducts over 130,000 hearings annually and most of these hearings take place within 45 days of the original claim appeal. What does that mean to you? It means you can expect great customer service as we provide a forum for appealing Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and self-insured employer decisions.
Our mission: Serve injured workers and Ohio employers through expeditious and impartial resolution of issues arising from workers' compensation claims and through the establishment of adjudication policy. Throughout the appeals process, the Industrial Commission assists parties via our toll-free customer service and TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) phone lines, our askIC@ic.ohio.gov general email address, by providing interpreting services, and with assorted Web services.
Hearings on disputed claims are conducted at three levels within the Commission: the district level, the staff level, and the Commission level. The Governor appoints the three-member Commission and the Ohio Senate confirms these appointments. By previous vocation, employment or affiliation, one member must represent employees, one must represent employers and one must represent the public. The executive director manages the agency’s day-to-day operations.
While BWC is responsible for collecting workers' compensation insurance premiums, overseeing the insurance system, and paying out compensable claims, the IC is responsible for:
- Providing a forum for fair and impartial claims resolution
- Conducting hearings on disputed claims
- Adjudicating claims involving an employer's violation of specific safety requirements
- Determining eligibility for permanent total disability benefits
The IC's independence from BWC allows it to more fairly adjudicate disputes over those benefits. For a breakdown on how well we are serving you, read the Industrial Commission 2016/2017 Budget Booklet entitled “Keeping Our Customers First.” This booklet was published in March 2015 to provide information about the IC to legislators during the state’s biennium budget process.
To learn how the IC works to resolve disputed claims, see The Appeals Process.
I.C.O.N. is your online resource for managing your hearing file. Logon to file appeals, objections, continuances, cancellations, request services, and view or add documents to your hearing folder.
We're here to help! Call, fax or email us at askIC@ic.ohio.gov with questions and concerns.
Download individual PDFs of IC forms.
Get the information you need to comply with IC rules, resolutions, policies and guidelines.
The Appeals Process
Confused about the process or what is expected of you? Visit the Appeals Process section to learn the ins and outs of workers’ compensation claims and hearings.