2017 First Half Semi-Annual Reports Due July 15th

Hello PCSC Members:

The time has come to submit your First Half Semi-Annual Report for the period of January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017, by the deadline of July 15th.

ALL Safety Council members, including newly enrolled members, are required to complete the semi-annual reports to maintain a current Safety Council membership and to ensure your eligibility for the Safety Council rebate and Safety Awards programs.

Employers eligible to pursue the current FY18 safety council rebate must complete both reports for calendar year 2017.

Please take a few moments and complete the short Semi-Annual Safety Council report. It is absolutely critical that you return your report to the Safety Council by no later than July 15th.

Click here to complete the report online.

Click here to download the 2017 First Half Semi-Annual Report Form.

Click here to download the Instruction Sheet to help you complete the report.

Securing a Machine Guard: July 2017 Safety & Hygiene Corner


What options do I have to secure a guard to a machine?


You are required to attach guards to machines with bolts, screws, allen screws or other similar means requiring a tool to remove them.  Your other option is to install electrical interlocks which will cause the machine not to run if the guards are removed.  The availability of this option is dependent on the type of equipment and controls that are in place.  Keep in mind that your guard must not allow employees to reach around, under, over, or through the guard to access the hazard.  For more information, please see OSHA 29 CFR 1910.212 and ANSI B11.19 – Performance Requirements for Safeguarding.

Please contact your local BWC safety consultant if you are unsure if your machine is guarded properly.  They can perform a machine guarding assessment and offer recommendations to protect your employees from equipment hazards.

Brought to you by Ohio BWC safety consultants.




Guide to Hurricane Emergency Action Plans

The following is a message from our colleague Pat McCon, Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant, Zurich North America.

Customers and colleagues – good afternoon!

As Tropical Storm Cindy disrupts life on the Gulf Coast it’s time to remember to plan for hurricanes – and the less-powerful but often equally-damaging smaller storms.  And it’s not just in the southeastern United States – Tropical Storm Cindy has the potential to drop massive amounts of rain in the Tennessee and Ohio River Valleys if the path goes as predicted.

I’ve attached a copy of our ‘Easy/tough guide to starting a hurricane emergency action plan”.  A number of other resources are available at http://www.zurichna.com/en/knowledge/topics/windstorm.

You may or may not have properties in the areas predicted to be affected by the present storm.  If that’s the case, good – you have time to make solid preparations for when the storm comes.  Are you absolutely not exposed to tropical windstorm hazards?  I’ll bet you know someone who is – please feel free to share this information with anyone who may find it useful.

Best wishes for a safe summer.  Please feel free to contact me at pat.mccon@zurichna.com if we can be of any assistance in helping you protect your property and your people.


July 13, 2017 – A Real-life Example of How to Become GHS Compliant

Our next meeting is Thursday, July 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm, at the Ravenna Elks Club which is located at 776 N Freedom St in Ravenna.  This will be our FY18 Kick-off!

A Real-life Example of How to Become GHS Compliant, presented by Renee Onesti, Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Kent Elastomer Products, Inc., and Matt Mohler, Facilities Manager, Delta Systems, Inc.

This training is great for any company at any stage of GHS compliance. If you are at the beginning, middle or end of your GHS journey, we’ll give you tools to become compliant!

  1. Matt and Renée will break down GHS training into simple concepts.
  2. They’ll give a step by step process to become GHS compliant, including resources.
  3. Renée will share the journey Kent Elastomer Products has taken and discuss the issues and solutions they’ve found to work.
  4. Matt will give standard clarification and details of the standards.

This training is ideal for safety managers, supervisors, and compliance staff.

Please RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday, July 10, 2017.


Please make your check payable to: “Portage County Safety Council.” If you would like to pay by credit card prior to the event, please email us for an invoice. Cost for lunch is still just $15/person for members and $20 for non-members.


Annual Membership Renewal Notice

Hello PCSC Members:

It’s time to renew annual memberships and prepaid lunches:

  • The annual membership dues are still only $50 per company!
  • Annual prepaid lunch packages are still only $165 per monthly representative [11 lunches @ $15 = $165 + 1 free] (optional).
FY17 is coming to an end on June 30 and FY18 will begin on July 1. FY17 Prepaid Lunch Packages will expire at our June 8th luncheon. Failure to renew annual prepaid lunch packages will result in required payment at the door starting at our July 13th luncheon.

For more info, F.A.Q.’s, or to download an invoice, please click here.

Please Note: Enrollment Forms only need to be completed by companies who are enrolling for the first time or after a 1 year or more lapse in membership.

DEADLINE IS JULY 31, 2017: Any enrollment or payment after this date will not be rebate eligible for FY18. Please see the BWC Flyer & Fact Sheet for more info.

I look forward to another year growing with you!

FY17 ETC Deadline: June 22, 2017

Hello PCSC Members!

The deadline to send me certificates of completion in order to receive up to two FY17 External Training Credits is Thursday, June 22, 2017.

You DO NOT need to send them to me if:

  1. You have already emailed them to me.
  2. You have already reached your 10 minimum Attendance Credits.
  3. You have already submitted certificates for ETC.

For more info regarding External Training Credits, click here. If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.

OUT OF OFFICE NOTICE: I will be out of the office June 26-30 and will be returning on July 3. Any ETC submitted after June 22 are not guaranteed to be processed in time for rebate eligibility.

June 16, 2017 – Narcan In The Workplace

The PCSC is excited to be partnering with the Portage County Health District to offer a free Narcan In The Workplace training on Friday, June 16, 2017, 2pm-3:30pm, at Family & Community Services in Ravenna.

This training will:

  1. Explain the current heroin/opioid epidemic occurring in Portage County.
  2. Describe the key components for Ohio’s Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program; Project DAWN.
  3. Explain why this epidemic is a public health problem that affects all of us.

Seating is limited to 30. Registration deadline is Friday, June 9th, 12pm. Click here to register today!

PLEASE NOTE: This training qualifies for 1 PCSC Attendance and/or CEO Credit!

Anti-Fatigue Matting: June 2017 Safety & Hygiene Corner


I know there are not “standards”…but are there any recommendations concerning anti-fatigue matting for an employee who stands in one area a given length of time?


There are no standards, but there here are some good recommendations:

  • First, check shoe wear – always recommend tuft gum sole, and heel – both provide support and are slip and chemical resistance
  • If you have an employee standing in an area more than one hour straight, a mat or other measures should be employed.
  • Or if an employee stands 50 % of the time on a job, a sit stand should be provided (if appropriate) or a foot rails to rest lower extremities, are a good option.
  • Anti-fatigue matting should be at least 1 inch thick – with tapered edges
  • Also mating needs to be placed on a preventative maintenance program for wear and tear issues.
  • Be sure the mat is easy to clean
  • Anti-fatigue mats are engineered to make the body naturally and imperceptibly sway, which encourages subtle movement of the leg muscles. This promotes blood flow and prevents stagnation in the veins – and, incidentally, burns more calories! So, what you’re looking for in a mat is one that’s not so hard it discourages muscle movement, but not so springy it requires too much energy to maintain balance, creating a different kind of stress.

There are 2 key words for prolonged standing risk factors – is the type of posture and repetition being completed by the employee.

The monthly Safety and Hygiene Corner is written by Ohio BWC experts for local Ohio Safety Council programs.