December 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 13th 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. Episode 60 – Safety Talk: How to Avoid Slips, Trips & Falls in Winter Weather Conditions. Cari Gray, Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC, called in to share some tips on how to avoid slips, trips & falls in winter conditions! (7:20)
  2. Episode 56 – Safety Blast: Winter Walking-Working Surfaces Standard. Cai Gray, Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC, gives us a snapshot of OSHA’s walking-working surfaces standards in regards to inclement winter weather often experienced in Northeast Ohio and beyond! (2:19)
  3. December’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  4. Why Workplace Wellness: Dec 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner. Provided by Ohio BWC Safety Consultants.
  5. The True Cost of Safety May Not Be What You Think. Article provided by Ving!
  6. Ohio BWC Expands “Better You, Better Ohio!” Workplace Wellness Program: Employers with 150 or less employees will now be eligible to participate! Click here for employer information. Click here participant information. Click here to listen to an in-depth interview regarding this program.
  7. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. Moving into 2019! Please help us serve you better by completing this quick survey today!
  2. NEXT MEETING: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm. Our topic is The True Cost of Safety and it will be presented by Rich McElhaney. RSVP deadline is 12pm on Monday, December 10th.
  3. Holiday Food Drive: Don’t forget to bring non-persihable food item to help those in need through Kent Social Services. Get 1 drawing ticket for a $25 gift card for every item donated!
  4. Site Security & Vulnerability Assessments (Live): Audio from October’s monthly meeting is now available!
  5. SARA, LEPC & Company Compliance (Live): Audio from November’s monthly meeting is now available!

EXTERNAL TRAINING CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:
Please Note: these are not PCSC sponsored events but do qualify for 1 external training credit for PCSC members.

PROGRAM 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. Please Note: Updates won’t begin until the first of the year.

WINTER DRIVING SAFETY:

  1. Episode 11 – How to Stay Safe Driving in the Winter. In this interview, Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO joins us to discuss how to stay safe driving in winter weather. (13:11)
  2. Episode 10 – Safety Talk: Winter Driving Safety. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO shares how to stay safe on the road in the winter. (7:18) This episode would make a great tool box talk!
  3. Episode 9 – How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter. Vince Stropko and Lori Cook of AAA East Central NEO join us on this Safety Chat to discuss how to prepare your vehicle(s) for the winter. (11:02)
  4. Episode 8 – Safety Talk: Winter Vehicle Prep. Vince Stropko, Approved Auto Repair Rep for AAA East Central NEO, provides tips on how to prep your vehicle for that frigid Northeast Ohio winter! (3:15) This episode would make a great tool box talk!
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December 13, 2018 – The Real Cost of Safety

All members (including prepaid members) please RSVP online.

Greetings Safety Council Members!

Our next meeting is Thursday, December 13, 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…

The True Cost of Safety, Rich McElhaney, Health & Safety Keynote Speaker.

You’re invited to a candid discussion with Mr. Richard McElhaney as he talks about the effects of traumatic injuries not only on the employee but on the family, coworkers, and the company.

Mr. McElhaney will also speak about six accident reduction techniques that had the greatest impact over his 26 years in the health and safety field.  He will reveal what the real costs are of being safe.

He will revisit the importance of the Job Safety Analysis (JSA) as a preplanning tool.  “JSA’s have been around for many years, but they have become complacent on many projects globally.”  Mr. McElhaney will review in detail an injury that occurred on one of his projects and how the use of JSA’s would have prevented the injury and how the JSA process turned things around.

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

Please RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday, December 10, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW 

Please make your check payable to: “Portage County Safety Council.” Cost for lunch is still just $15/person for members and $20 for non-members (there’s a $5 fee for walk-ins including members who do not RSVP by deadline).

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!!!

Please consider donating non-perishable food items to help those in need this holiday season! Receive 1 drawing ticket for a $25 restaurant gift card for every item donated! Donations will go to Kent Social Services.

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS!!!

Just for fun, let’s celebrate the holiday by wearing your favorite ugly sweater, Christmas/holiday shirt, Santa hat, etc.

This Meeting is Sponsored By Ving!

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Jan. 22, 2019 – OSHA Recordkeeping

Please Note: this is not a PCSC sponsored event but does qualify for 1 external training credit for PCSC members.

Click here for more information.

Join the Summit County Safety Council for a breakfast seminar about OSHA recordkeeping. With the current online reporting requirement, it is more important than ever to have your OSHA 300 log accurate. Those responsible for creating, updating and signing the OSHA Recordkeeping documents should join us. Public employers who fall under PERRP requirements will obtain valuable knowledge about logs and submission as well.

Objectives:

  • Overview of OSHA recordkeeping requirements for workplace injuries and illnesses
  • The correct use of the OSHA recordkeeping forms
  • Review of how to complete the OSHA 300 Log OSHA online reporting rule and how to comply

Presented by Cari Gray, CSP, Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)

Cari has been a Safety Consultant with the BWC since May 2005. She works with a diverse range of companies in many different industries, from public entities to a wide variety of private companies. She helps customers evaluate their current safety situations, set goals and create plans of action to successfully achieve their goals. She also teaches many safety related classes for the BWC. Prior to working at the BWC, Cari was an Environmental, Safety and Health Manager for General Electric. She also worked in the Safety Department of an automotive based company, after
graduating from The Ohio State University in 1999. Cari is very passionate about the safety and health of Ohio employees. Her philosophy is based around top management commitment, employee involvement and personal responsibility. Her time outside of work is happily spent with her husband and two children.

 

November 8, 2018 – SARA, LEPC & Company Compliance

All members (including prepaid members) please RSVP online.

Greetings Safety Council Members!

Our next meeting is Thursday, November 8, 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…

SARA, LEPC and Company Compliance, Ryan Shackelford, EMA Director, Portage County.

Ryan Shackelford is currently the Director of the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. A Portage County native of Palmyra Township, Ryan served 9 years in the Air Force Reserve and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Geography degree from Kent State University.

Prior to his current position, Ryan worked for the State of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Branch. While serving counties outside Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, he also worked in the Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center for numerous natural disasters and the Keesler AFB Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Isaac on the Mississippi coast.

This training is ideal for safety managers, emergency preparedness and environmental compliance staff!

Please RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday, November 5, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

Please make your check payable to: “Portage County Safety Council.” Cost for lunch is still just $15/person for members and $20 for non-members (there’s a $5 fee for walk-ins including members who do not RSVP by deadline).

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!!!

Please consider donating non-perishable food items to help those in need this holiday season! Receive 1 drawing ticket for a $25 restaurant gift card for every item donated! Donations will go to the Center of Hope in Ravenna.

This Meeting is Sponsored By Ving!

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Making Ohio a Safer Place to Work

Making Ohio a safer place to work

An article by Michelle Francisco, Safety Council Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

We rely on the outstanding support of many Ohio organizations to assist in our mission to create a culture of workplace safety around the state.

Through sponsorship of more than 80 Ohio Safety Councils, educational institutions, industry associations, training providers and consulting businesses promote the importance of safe workplaces and rally businesses large and small to embrace safety as a core value within their organizations.

Ohio employers clearly value safety. Their success shows in the numbers.

Claims have fallen steadily — approximately 86,000 new claims were allowed in fiscal year 2017, down from 104,000 in 2010. The number of employers using BWC safety services grew by 70 percent since 2010. Since 2011, Ohio employers have taken advantage of BWC’s Safety Intervention Grant Program to purchase more than $77 million in tools and equipment that make their workplaces safer.

Those numbers are impressive, and so are many others:

  • A $1.5 billion employer rebate this summer followed rebates of $1 billion in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
  • The cost to purchase coverage is at its lowest point in 40 years.
  • All told, private and public employers have saved $8 billion in workers’ comp costs since 2011 through rebates, rate cuts and credits.

Those are dollars local employers are investing in their businesses and communities, all while keeping Ohio’s workforce safe and healthy.

Thank you to these organizations and every employer that participates in a safety council. We value your partnership and are pleased you have joined our effort to bring every Ohio workers home safe and healthy at the end of the day.

Ohio needs every employer to follow your lead and embrace the important role they play in keeping workers safe.

Together, we’re making Ohio a safer place to work.

Michelle Francisco

Safety Council Manager

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

 

October 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 11th 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!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. NEXT MEETING: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm. Our topic is Site Security and Vulnerability Assessments and it will be presented by David DiRocco, Security Subject Matter Expert, JCI Northern Ohio Branch, Johnson Controls. RSVP deadline is 12pm on Monday, October 8.
  2. Accident Investigation (Live): Audio from last month’s monthly meeting is now available!
  3. Mental Health First Aid training on Oct 25: Only a few seats are still available for this event. Follow link for more details about the training or to register today! Registration deadline is October 10.
  4. NE Ohio Safety Expo on October 12th: Hosted by the Ohio BWC Youngstown Service Office, this event qualifies for 1 External Training Credit. Registration ends Oct 5.
  5. Celebrating 50 Episodes!!! Nic & Mike celebrate 50 episodes of the PCSC Podcast! Join them as they discuss the top 10 downloaded episodes and share clips from 4 of their favorites!

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone!
  2. October’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. Air Monitoring: Oct 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner. Provided by Ohio BWC Safety Consultants.
  4. Online Safety Training Can Use Vulnerability Assessments Too. Article provided by Ving!
  5. Episode 51 – Accident Investigation (Live). This episode is a live recording of our interactive monthly workplace safety luncheon on Sept. 13, 2018. The topic was Accident Investigation and it was presented by Debbie O’Connell, Regional Manager, 1-888-OhioComp. (34:50)
  6. Episode 52 – The Hawthorne Effect: How it Affects Your Safety Culture & PerformanceSteering Committee Member, Pat McCon joins Nic & Mike to talk about The Hawthorne Effect and how it affects both your company’s safety culture and safety performance! (16:39)

PROGRAM 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.

 

September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 10th 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!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. Exciting News!An audio recording of last week’s monthly luncheon presentation on Accident Investigations will be available on Monday, September 24th, through all of our PCSC channels (iTunes, Spotify, etc.)!
  2. Mental Health First Aid training on Oct 25: We’re removing the “per company limit” on this discounted training. PCSC members can now register more than 3 employees for this event. Follow link for more details about the training or to register today!
  3. Celebrating 50 Episodes!!! Nic & Mike celebrate 50 episodes of the PCSC Podast! Join them as they discuss the top 10 downloaded episodes and share clips from 4 of their favorites!
  4. Until Help Arrives training on 9/20 is SOLD OUT!!! Sorry, no walk-ins will be accepted.

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone!
  2. September’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. 11 Common Causes of Workplace Accidents. Article provided by Ving!
  4. Power Point from our August September 13th luncheon on Accident Investigation, presented by Debbie O’Connell, Regional Manager, 1-888-OhioComp. An audio recording of this meeting will be available on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.
  5. Episode 33 – Safety Blast: Hydroplaning. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO gives us a few tips on how to prevent hydroplaning! (2:05)

 

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.