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2nd Annual NE Ohio Trenching and Confined Space Safety Conference

The 2nd Annual NE Ohio Trenching and Confined Space Safety Conference will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The event will be held at the Avalon Inn & Spa in Warren, OH. This is a joint project between the Youngstown Ohio BWC/Division of Safety and Hygiene, The American Society of Safety Professionals - Northern Ohio Chapter, and local sponsors.

This invitation is being sent for you to consider attending this important training and to send as many of your employees as possible.

The March 31 deadline applies to the following grants:

  • When: Wednesday February 12, 2020
  • Where: The Avalon Inn and Spa
    9519 E Market St, Warren, OH 44484
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Cost: $35.00 (Continental breakfast and lunch included)

The purpose of this event is to educate people in the construction trades in trench and confined space safety. There has been a large spike in trenching accidents and people are dying in these trenches, and we want to make an impact by providing this one-day training opportunity. We have developed a very strong agenda so we can decrease the amount of fatalities in trenches. The flyer and registration are attached. Click here to register to register and pay on-line:

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Deadline for Safety Grant Applications Approaches

Ohio employers seeking grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to invest in safety measures have until March 31 to apply for funds in this year's fiscal budget. Employers who miss that deadline must wait until July 1, the first day to apply for fiscal 2021 funding under BWC's popular Safety Grants program. "We appreciate Ohio employers who take safety seriously and seek our assistance funding equipment aimed at reducing or eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses," said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.

Applications for fiscal 2020 funds via U.S. mail must be postmarked no later than March 31. The online application service will close after March 31 and not re-open until July 1, the first day of fiscal year 2021. BWC offers $20 million a year in safety grants. As of Jan. 3, BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene had approved 616 grant requests. Another 304 were pending.

The March 31 deadline applies to the following grants:

  • Safety Intervention
  • Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements
  • School Safety and Security
  • Workplace Wellness

Safety Grants are available to all Ohio state-fund, private and public taxing district employers to purchase equipment to eliminate or reduce workplace hazards. You can find more information on our Safety Grants program on our website.

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Safety Congress Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2020 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC 2020)! Visit the OSC 2020 website to view a full listing of course descriptions and to register for the event, which takes place March 11-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Now in its 90th year, OSC 2020 is the largest and longest-running regional occupational safety, health and workers' compensation conference in the U.S.

Last year, more than 8,000 representatives from Ohio businesses and government attended the event to discover the strategies and tools needed for a healthy, safe, and productive workforce.

Newsletter Content

Download this newsletter to get the complete update from January 2020 for Ohio BWC. News in this newsletter: Safety Innovation Awards Semifinalists Announced, Better You, Better Ohio!® Webinars for Employers, Mast Climbing Inspection Tool, Hard Hat Anniversary, Rise in At-Work Suicides, Regulatory Error Correction, Headphone Use on Construction Sites, Material Handling Injury Prevention, Risks for Vaping Product Associated Lung Injuries, Work Zone Safety, Focus on the Drive Newsletter, Hand and Arm Vibration Tool, and Safe Loading Docks.

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OSHA Safety Day 2020

Presented by The Ohio State University and the Columbus OSHA office, in conjunction with the Central Ohio American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

Date/Location - February 13, 2020, The Ohio State University, Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus OH 43210

Registration - $75 per person. Registration can be made ... online at or at the door - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. No refunds after Feb 7, 2020. Students are FREE but must register through their professors.

Keynote Speaker - Dale Lesinski, DiVal Safety, Safe 4 the Right Reasons - The Ticket to Employee Safety Engagement

Continuing Education - Dana "Buck" Buchholzer, Safety Controls Technology, Preregister online for 4-hour training course: Trenching & Excavation Safety

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2019 LCSC Expo Photo Gallery

The 2019 LCSC Luncheon was held on May 17, 2019 at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio. We had great attendance for this year's expo and everybody had an informative time at the expo and in the many classes available. Thank you for attending.

Photo from the expo are available online for viewing.

OSHA considers revision of 1998 forklift standard, seeks input from industry experts

OSHA is seeking comment and information about possible deregulatory action involving general industry, construction, and maritime standards for forklifts and other powered industrial trucks.

The US safety body is seeking to address differences between its regulations and updates to the two industry consensus standards which were the basis of its original standard. The agency also wants to know whether it can maintain or improve worker safety while addressing elements of the regulations that may be inefficient, outdated, unnecessary, or overly burdensome.

Read the complete notice and more with this PDF flyer>.

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.

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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.

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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)

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)

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