July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 8th edition of our new monthly newsletter!

Our goal for the newsletter is to connect our members to relevant safety resources, all linked together in one convenient location every month. We hope you find this resource useful and valuable!

Please share with your colleagues!

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. PCSC Podcasts: Click here to listen on iTunes. Click here to listen on Google Play.
  2. July’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. Sit & Stand Ergonomics: This is the power point used at our 7/12/18 luncheon by our presenter, Delia Treaster, Ph.D., BWC Ergonomic Technical Advisor.
  4. Lightning Safety When Working Outdoors. This is FactSheet provided by OSHA.
  5. Episode 37 – Heat Stress: Warning Signs & Prevention. Joe Barney, Compliance & Training Officer from The Great Lakes Construction Co. stayed over with us to recap his presentation on how to prevent heat related illnesses & injuries at work! (7:23)
  6. Episode 39 – The Evolving Workforce with Steve Ludwig. Steve Ludwig, Safety Programs Manger for Rockwell Automation, sits down with us to discuss the evolving workforce and the most effective measures that will improve safety across generational lines! (12:32)
  7. Expo Power Points: Courtesy of our breakout session speakers!

 

PCSC NEWS:

 

PROGRAM/REBATE UPDATES:

  • BWC Updates: These are the power points presented by BWC Representative Nic Coia at our monthly meetings.
  • Monthly Meeting Power Points. We post them on our website after the presenters send them to us and give us permission to publish. If the speaker provides additional info, we’ll post it there as well.
  • External Training Credit Opportunities: We post them on our blog as outside organizations send them to us. A maximum of 2 external training credits are allowed per program year to help members earn the 10 minimum attendance credits required by the rebate. Please Note: ETC certificates of completion must be submitted by June 30 every year in order to qualify. Click here for ETC guidelines.
  • Rebate Participation Spreadsheet. Rebate eligible members can review how close they are to fulfilling the minimum rebate eligibility requirements by reviewing the Participation Spreadsheet which is typically updated on a monthly basis.
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2018 Expo Power Points

All available power points from the 3rd biannual Portage County Workplace Health & Safety Expo breakout sessions are listed below. Click the title of the presentation to view.

Please Note: If a specific breakout session is not listed or linked below, we have not received the power point from the speaker.

INDUSTRIAL TRACK:

  1. The Evolving Workforce: Productivity and Safety Measures, presented by Steve Ludwig, Safety Programs Manager, Rockwell Automation. This presentation will cover machine guarding and more. Click here to listen to his post-presentation podcast!
  2. Walking Surfaces Update, presented by Cari Gray, CSP, Safety Consultant, Ohio BWC.
  3. Risk Assessment, presented by Pamela Walaski, CSP, CHMM, Director of Health & Safety, GAI Consultants.
  4. What is E.P.C.R.A. (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act) and is your business required to report?, presented by Michelle Sowers, Emergency Management Specialist, Ohio EMA. This course is in partnership with the Portage County LEPC.

HEALTH TRACK:

This track is in conjunction with the Portage County Combined Health District.

  1. Effects of Drugs at Work: Warning Signs & Prevention, presented by Dr. Amanda Burke, Prevention Specialist, Townhall II.
  2. Portage Drug Task Force Update, presented by Captain Larry Limbert, Commander,  Portage County Drug Task Force. *Presentation not available*
  3. Emergency Preparedness Plans, presented by Marianne Kitakis,Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Portage County Health District.
  4. Bloodborne Pathogens & Communicable Diseases, presented by Karen Towne, Portage County Health District.

ELECTRICAL TRACK:

  1. Business Case for an Electrical Safety & Maintenance Program, presented by, Michael Kovacic, President, ES Squared, Inc.
  2. Standard for Electrical Safety: NFPA 70E 2018 Updates, presented by, Michael Kovacic, President, ES Squared, Inc.
  3. The Counterfeit Conundrum – Identifying A Worldwide Problem For Electrical Safety, presented by, Michael Kovacic, President, ES Squared, Inc.
  4. NFPA 70B Overview: Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, presented by, Michael Kovacic, President, ES Squared, Inc.

*No Construction Track power points were submitted.

July 12, 2018 – Sit & Stand Ergonomics

Greetings Safety Council Members!

Our next meeting is Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm, at the Ravenna Elks Club which is located at 776 N Freedom St in Ravenna.

Our topic for this month is…

Sit & Stand Ergonomics, Delia Treaster, Ph.D., BWC Ergonomic Technical Advisor.

Dr. Delia Treaster is the Ergonomic Technical Advisor for the Division of Safety and Hygiene at BWC. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) with over twenty years experience in helping companies reduce their risk of ergonomic injuries. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Factors Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Occupational Biomechanics, both from Ohio State University.

This training is ideal for all staff!

Please RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday, July 9, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

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 (who RSVP by deadline) and $20 for non-members or walk-ins (including members who do not RSVP by deadline).

 ATTN: Employers with 50 Employees or Less!

The Ohio BWC would like to invite you to stay over after this meeting in order to learn more about Better You Better Ohio, a new innovative program that provides employees of smaller employers with health and wellness services commonly available to employees of large employers!

 

 

June 14, 2018 – How to Prevent Heat Related Injuries & Illnesses at Work

Greetings Safety Council Members!

Our next meeting is Thursday, June 14, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm, at the Ravenna Elks Club which is located at 776 N Freedom St in Ravenna.  The official meeting notice is attached.

Our topic for this month is…

How to Prevent Heat Related Injuries & Illnesses at Work, Bill Hocevar, Director of Risk and Compliance, The Great Lakes Construction Co.

Bill Hocevar is a certified safety professional and certified industrial hygienist, with a master’s in chemistry and 18 years of experience in safety. During his time at Great Lakes Construction, Bill has been chosen to speak at the national level for various organizations such as NUCO, AGC of America, and the Ohio Safety Congress.

He has been named Safety Professional of the year by The Greater Cleveland Safety Council, led his company to be named “America’s Safest Company” by EHS Today, been named The Best in the Nation for Safety Programs and Implementation by AGC of America three times, and won the Liberty Mutual Golden Fleet Award.

This training is ideal for safety managers, HR, and all staff!

Please RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday, June 11, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

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.

 

May “Stand‐Down” to Prevent Falls Challenge

Click here to listen to a 2-minute podcast overview of the challenge.

What: In honor of OSHA’s “National Stand‐down to Prevent Falls” the BWC Canton/Cambridge Service Offices are hosting a Safety Council Challenge. We want to encourage every Safety Council member to perform safety training on preventing falls.

It’s easy. Training materials are linked below (or you can use your own) and all you need to do is:

  1. Perform the training to as many employees as possible (but 100% is not required to participate in this challenge)
  2. Document your attendance (keep it for your own records) and
  3. Submit the information (Click here for the form) to your safety council by Monday, June 4, 2018.
  • When: The entire month of May
  • Who: Every Profession – Industry, Healthcare, Construction, Service or any others
  • Where: Your own facility or in the field at your jobsite
  • Why: Falls are the number one reason for fatalities in Construction, but it doesn’t stop there. Every employer has a risk of employees slipping, tripping or falling. It may be the Ohio weather or the fact that all employees walk at some point during the work day. The risk is there, so the Safety Council challenge is for you to “stand‐down” and talk about it. Any employer can hold a stand‐down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” in your specific workplace and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.

The council with the highest member participation percentage will be presented with an award at a regular meeting!

Links to Training Materials & Resources

Click here for the May 2018 Challenge Info & Completion Form.

Strategies for reducing Slips trips and falls

Training Resources List

PCSC Podcasts Training Supplements (you can use these as tool box talks):

  • Safety Talk: The ABC’s of Fall Protection. Eric White, Construction Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, gives us an overview of The ABC’s of Fall Protection! (8:08) This episode would make a great tool box talk!
  • Safety Talk: Fall Protection Harness Inspections. Eric White, Construction Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, gives some tips on how to properly inspect fall Protection harnesses! (3:58) This episode would make a great meeting ice breaker or tool box talk!
  • Safety Talk: Slips, Trips, & Falls. Nicholas Coia, Industrial Safety Consultant from the Ohio BWC presents on how to prevent slips, trips, & falls. (4:46) This episode would make a great meeting ice breaker or tool box talk!

PCSC Podcasts Interviews (ideal for a more in-depth safety conversation):

 

April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 5th edition of our new monthly newsletter!

Our goal for the newsletter is to connect our members to relevant safety resources, all linked together in one convenient location every month. We hope you find this resource useful and valuable!

Please share with your colleagues!

2018 PORTAGE COUNTY WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY EXPO:

  • 16 safety related breakout courses! Based on 4 tracks (Construction, Industrial, Electrical, & Health) there’s something for everyone! Follow the link for more info on courses & speakers.
  • Free health screenings by University Hospitals!
  • Exhibit Hall filled with local vendors & prize drawings!
  • Outdoor exhibits from Engines-LPG, County Fire Protection, and the Portage County LEPC!
  • Safety Feud game by Swift First Aid!
  • Qualifies for 1 Safety Council attendance/CEO credit for PCSC members or 1 external training credit for members of other councils!
  • $10 off registration if paid for by June 8, 2018! Registration fee is $30 by 6/8, $40 after 6/8.
  • Includes Lunch! Every attendee will receive a boxed lunch.  Coffee, water, & breakfast pastries will be available in the morning.
  • Click here to listen to the expo podcast announcement.

*Registration is now open! Click here for the registration form.

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. PCSC Podcasts: Click here to listen on iTunes. Click here to listen on Google Play.
  2. April’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. Ergonomics Checklists: April 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner provided by Ohio BWC staff.
  4. Lightning Safety When Working Outdoors. This is FactSheet provided by OSHA.
  5. Episode 25 – Silica Standard Interview. Rick Maj, Industrial Hygienist from the Ohio BWC stayed over last week to give our listeners a quick snapshot of his presention and a brief overview of OSHA’s new silica standard. (8:30)
  6. Episode 23 – Trench Safety Interview. Nic Coia interviews Eric White, Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, for an in-depth conversation on trench safety! (11:54)
  7. Episode 21 – Safety Talk: Trench Safety. Eric White, Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, gives us a crash course on trench safety! (3:18) This episode would make a great tool box talk!

PCSC NEWS:

  • A handful of vendor tables are still available for The 3rd biannual Portage County Workplace Health & Safety Expo will be on Friday, June 22, 2018, 8am-3pm, at Maplewood Career Center! Vendor tables start at $50 and sponsorships start at $200. Register while they’re still available!
  • Next Monthly Meeting: Annual Safety Awards & CEO Day with special keynote speaker Brad Hurtig! Thursday, April 10, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm. Please Note: due to the award ceremony and our nationally recognized speaker, this luncheon will end at 1:30pm instead of our normal time. Click here to RSVP.
  • The Fall Protection Competent Person Training on March 27-28 was a success with 19 people completing the training! A special thank you to Pat McCon, Maplewood Career Center, and the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ASSE for partnering on this event!

PROGRAM/REBATE UPDATES:

  • BWC Updates: These are the power points presented by BWC Representative Nic Coia at our monthly meetings.
  • Monthly Meeting Power Points. We post them on our website after the presenters send them to us and give us permission to publish. If the speaker provides additional info, we’ll post it there as well.
  • External Training Credit Opportunities: We post them on our blog as outside organizations send them to us. A maximum of 2 external training credits are allowed per program year to help members earn the 10 minimum attendance credits required by the rebate.

NON-PCSC TRAINING EVENTS

March 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 4th edition of our new monthly newsletter!

Our goal for the newsletter is to connect our members to relevant safety resources, all linked together in one convenient location every month. We hope you find this resource useful and valuable!

We added some new features this month, please share with your colleagues!

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. PCSC Podcasts: Click here to listen on iTunes. Click here to listen on Google Play.
  2. March’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers. This is a Fact Sheet from OSHA.
  4. General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards. This is a Fact Sheet from OSHA.
  5. Episode 20 – Safety Blast: Drive Safe on St. Patrick’s Day. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO reminds us to drive safe on St. Patrick’s Day! (2:20)
  6. Episode 19 – Safety Blast: Drowsy Driving. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO gives us a few tips on how to avoid driving drowsy. (2:12)
  7. Episode 18 – Safety Talk: Staying Safe in Wet Driving Conditions. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO shares how to stay safe in wet driving conditions. (5:03)

PCSC NEWS:

PROGRAM/REBATE UPDATES:

  • BWC Updates: These are the power points presented by BWC Representative Nic Coia at our monthly meetings, including the most recent one from 3/1/18.
  • Monthly Meeting Power Points. We post them on our website after the presenters send them to us and give us permission to publish. If the speaker provides additional info, we’ll post it there as well.
  • External Training Credit Opportunities: We post them on our blog as outside organizations send them to us. A maximum of 2 external training credits are allowed per program year to help members earn the 10 minimum attendance credits required by the rebate.

NON-PCSC TRAINING EVENTS