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Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

March 6 to 8 at the Columbus Convention Center

Registration is now open for the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 6 to 8 at the Columbus Convention Center. Click here to view event information, including the event schedule, hotels, directions and free online registration.

Days one and two (Wednesday & Thursday) offer general sessions, educational sessions and the Expo Marketplace. Day three (Friday) delivers full-day workshops and in-depth training. Attend the number of days which best meet your training needs.

We look forward to seeing you at OSC19!

The Ohio State University and the Columbus OSHA Office, in conjunction with the Central Ohio American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) present OSHA Safety Day 2019, scheduled on Thursday, February 21 at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center.

Registration for this day-long event ranges from $50-75. Attendance at this event qualifies for one safety council rebate program external training credit with submission of a certificate of attendance to your safety council sponsor by June 30, 2019.

Full conference details and registration are in this pdf file. For more information email

Drugs in the Workplace: Building a Strategic Employer Plan

Join us for a panel discussion and learn best practices from some of the most respected business leaders in our community. Come away ready to deliver a practical guide for establishing a safer, more cost-effective and healthier workplace. Mounting regulation, competition for employment and comingling of multiple generations in the workforce all create challenges that must be addressed. Find out what you need to know as an employer to develop and deliver a comprehensive and proactive strategy regarding drug use in your workplace.

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7:30am-10:30am. Location: Woodside Event Center at St. Michael's, 5025 East Mill Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147. Registration, Networking and Breakfast: 7:30am-8:00am

You can register online at this link. For a complete flyer on this event you can download the flyer pdf here.

OSHA Safe + Sound Campaign 2018

Thousands of Ohio employers completed activities in this nationwide campaign to build their safety and health program during Safe + Sound 2018. Try one of the top three most downloaded activity suggestions in your workplace today!

The Safe + Sound Campaign is organized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Professionals, The Center for Construction Research and Training, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Safety Council, and Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association. For more information and additional resources to help you establish or improve your safety and health program, visit the Safe + Sound Campaign website.

Move Up To Better Health

Introducing a free health and wellness program for Ohio’s small businesses

Promoting better health for employees is a key to success for any business. And Better You, Better Ohio! is helping to make it happen. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has launched a free new health program along with ActiveHealth® Management. Employees will have access to these helpful resources: Quick and easy health assessment, Biometric screening, Digital lifestyle and condition coaching, and Mobile app.

Ready to make your small business even healthier? To learn more about this free program download the listed flyer.

Download this flyer for complete registration details. (PDF Format)

Slips, Trips and Falls For General Industry - Zurich 10-Point Program

How safe are your floors? How about your stairs? Have people fallen recently? You are not alone if you have had slips and falls.

Many factors contribute to slip, trip and fall incidents. The Zurich guide is designed to help you and your management teams become self-sufficient in better controlling these exposures. This workbook provides a logical process to identify areas at your location that have the greatest potential for slip, trip and fall occurrences. Then, it will show the user how to prioritize hazards and develop action plans to help control slip, trip and fall losses in those areas.

Download this guide for complete details and practices to prevent slips, trips and falls. (PDF Format)

Medical Marijuana and It's Impact on BWC

What does Ohio’s medical marijuana law say? What is the impact of the new law on BWC? What can employers do? This pdf information sheet covers the BWC stance on medical marijuana and the workplace. It covers the general information and application of the new law. It also addresses how the law is applied to the workplace including what the BWC will and will not cover. A good read for a major change to the workplace.

Download this information sheet. (PDF Format)

Prospective Billing & Safety Seminar For Private Employers

BWC is switching to the industry standard of prospective billing for employer premiums. Have you wondered what it means for your business? Private employers: Come to a FREE seminar near you to get answers and details about prospective billing.

Download this flyer for complete details including times and locations. (PDF Format)

Cell Phone Policies And Safety

It is estimated in 2005 there were 1.3 billion cell phone users worldwide. “Can you hear me now?,” the catchphrase used by Verizon, has become part of our culture. Cell phone use has expanded into every activity in our lives, from emergency communication to picking products from a grocery shelf. It sometimes seems people have no idea what to do with a spare moment other than make a cell phone call.

Here are six different PDF files dealing with cell phone policies and safety:

Join the National OSHA “Stand-Down” Challenge to Prevent Falls

The month of May is Fall Prevention Awareness month. In honor of OSHA’s “National Stand-down to Prevent Falls” the BWC encourages all Safety Council members to perform safety training on preventing falls during the month of May. Falls might be the number one reason for fatalities in the Construction industry, but injuries from falls don’t stop there. Every employer – Industry, Healthcare, Service and Construction industries have 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, in other words: the risks exists. So, BWC asks that you “stand-down” and talk about it.

Included are a variety of resources to help guide you through this initiative, attached are:

Any employer can host a stand-down by taking a break in the regular work day and focus on "Fall Hazards" in your specific workplace, and reinforce the importance of "Fall Prevention." Keep in mind, a stand-down is 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.

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