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Effective April 4, 2014, the Industrial Commission of Ohio has approved the following policies: new Telephone Participation Guidelines; New Hearing Officer Manual Policy G5 (Guidelines for Permanent Total Disability Tentative Grant Orders); Revised Hearing Officer Manual Policies O3 (Staff Hearing Officers Review of Settlements) and R7 (Use of Audiovisual Evidence). All can be found under the IC Policies tab.

Date Set for the Statewide Hearing Officer Training Meeting The Industrial Commission of Ohio has announced that the annual Statewide Hearing Officer Training meeting will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. CLE accreditation will be required for the seminar. Please check back soon for more information and details on registration.

Public Hearing Scheduled for March 14 The Ohio Industrial Commission and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will hold a Public Hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio to consider amendments to five IC rules.... Full Story

New Wage Loss Rule Goes into Effect February 13, 2014 The Ohio Industrial Commission and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation have successfully enacted a new joint rule for the processing and adjudication of requests for wage loss compensation... Full Story

The newest Adjudicator has just been published! The IC's newsletter provides updates on IC activities, undertakings and regulatory changes. View Reports & Newsletters

Governor John Kasich Signs Ohio Industrial Commission FY 2014-2015 Budget Bill  IC budget passed General Assembly unanimously ... Full Story

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About the Industrial Commission

The Industrial Commission (IC) of Ohio conducts over 150,000 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.state.oh.us 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 2014/2015 Budget Booklet entitled “Putting Our Customers First. Less Spending. Better Service.” This booklet was published in March 2013 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.state.oh.us with questions and concerns.


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IC Policies

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.

“I’ve been working with the IC for years and have had a very positive experience. The staff is very respectful and committed to treating everyone fairly. The staff works hard to understand what you need and gives an extra effort to do what they can to help.” 

Attorney Mark McCarthy
Poling Law