Volume 23 / Issue 7 - July, 2018
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Date:  Friday, July 27, 2018 (PLEASE NOTE DATE)
Topic: Medical Training & First Responders

Speaker: Chief Todd M. Ungar, OFE, Willoughby Fire Department


Registration: 11 a.m. Lunch & Program: 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Villa Croatia - Event Venue & Party Center (The Croatian Lodge), 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095

Cost: Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Date:  Friday, August 17, 2018
Topic: Different Types and Methods of Drug Testing

Speaker: TBD


Registration: 11 a.m. Lunch & Program: 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Villa Croatia - Event Venue & Party Center (The Croatian Lodge), 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095

Cost: Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

First Responders - Roles, Responsibilities & Training

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the July monthly program  ---  Medical Training & First Responders --- on Friday, July 27.

The keynote speaker will be Chief Todd M. Ungar, OFE, Willoughby Fire Department. He will provide essential information on the roles  & responsibilities; and training of first responders.

Ungar has been with the Willoughby Fire Department for 23 years and was promoted to chief in 2016.

Ungar will review first responder items such as:

---The evaluation of a company's facilities, assests and equipment

---Present a discussion regarding company's responsibilities in taking care of their own people.

---And, an organization's emergency preparedness.

Ungar has a degree in fire science and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive program. He is a member of the Lake County HazMat team. He has worked as an instructor with Cuyahoga Community College Fire Academy for nearly 20 years.

All the Willoughby personnel are trained as a minimum at the basic firefighter (Firefighter I) and EMT certification levels, with most having a Firefighter II and paramedic certification. Department personnel also hold qualifications such as fire investigator, fire inspector and fire and EMS instructor. Some personnel have hazmat technician certificates and belong to the county team. Others have been trained in technical rescue disciplines in high angle, confined space, trench collapse and water rescue.

The meeting will be held at the Villa Croatia Event Venue & Party Center (The Croatian Lodge), 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH  44095, with registration beginning at 11:15 a.m. The cost of the event is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at the LCSC web site listed below. The event is sponsored by:

---Lake Health

---HzW Environmental Consultants

---Lake County Chambers of Commerece


Council Director
Andrea Vann
(440) 354-2310

Council Director Elect
Position Open

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Mike Orlando
(440) 290-9785

Council Advisor
Bob Siktberg
(216) 383-4737

Council Liaison
Chris Weber-Bresky


(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Gordon Levar
(440) 479-1539

Joanne Clapp
(440) 259-2671

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative
Nikki Lorenzo Luna
Garfield Heights Office


Joan McAllister
Garfield Heights Office

Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.


BWC News & Notes

Watch your mailbox: BWC mailing employer rebates in July

BWC is asking you to keep a close watch on your mailbox in July. That’s because we’re sending checks as part of the $1.5 billion rebate we announced in the spring.

The rebate, BWC's fourth since 2013 and the agency's largest in 20 years, is possible due to healthy investment income, falling claims and prudent fiscal management. The rebate brings workers’ comp savings for all Ohio employers to $8 billion since 2011.

Your check should arrive by early August in a white envelope labeled “important documents enclosed.” Get them cashed quickly because they expire in 90 days.

While the money is yours to spend as you wish, we encourage employers to invest in workplace safety measures that prevent injuries and reduce workers’ comp costs.

Employers that participate in the Group-Retrospective Rating Program will receive checks in the Fall.

True-up deadline August 15

An important reminder to private employers: don’t forget to “true-up” by Aug. 15.

If you need a reminder, “true-up” means to report your actual payroll for the policy year that just ended on June 30 and reconcile any difference in premium paid.

This important action allows BWC to calculate your premium accurately. Even if your payroll for the year matches the estimate we provided, or you had zero payroll, you must complete a true-up report. It’s also critically important to maintaining your policy and your participation in your current rating plan or discount programs.

BWC will remove employers from their current rating plan or discount program if we do not receive a payroll true-up and any additional premium owed by the due date. 

The quickest and easiest way to true-up is online with a BWC e-account. Online true-up and payment also qualifies eligible employers for a 1-percent premium rebate, up to a $2,000 maximum.

Public employer taxing districts complete true-up every February.

Visit bwc.ohio.gov for more about true-up.

$44 million investment includes funding for school and police safety

BWC will make a two-year, $44 million investment in safety that includes $8 million for Ohio schools and police departments.

“It’s easy to forget that classrooms are also workplaces and while policemen are there to protect us, they deserve workplace protections themselves,” BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said during a press conference June 28. “Where better to direct safety resources than to some of our most important employers — those who educate our children and those who swear to protect us.”

BWC will increase its annual Safety Intervention Grant Program from $15 million to $20 million in each of the next two years. As part of that increase, it will set aside $4 million each for Ohio police departments and schools, in addition to $2 million for state agencies.

BWC will work with the law enforcement and school communities to determine how the money can be used to meet their needs. The state agency grants will be available to help develop innovative ways to promote safety among the businesses they work with.

Morrison also announced $4 million will be dedicated to continuing BWC’s Occupational Safety and Health Research Grant Program that funds research into workplace health and safety.

Are you up to PAR?

Have you checked out the new Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) program? It may be right for you, especially if you’re a small employer looking to lower your workers’ comp premiums and increase worker health and safety.

The new program allows you to earn credits for completing activities designed to improve workplace safety practices and encourage attentive management of your workers’ comp policies. Employers receive a 50 percent premium rebate, up to $2,000. To be eligible for the rebate, you must select from among 33 available activities and earn 11 credits during the policy year that begins July 1.

Private employers can now sign up, and public employers can begin signing up Dec. 1.


BWC eBriefs

Look out for a survey from DXC

BWC is currently conducting an evaluation of managed care for the State of Ohio using an outside vendor. The purpose of this evaluation is to identify strengths and weaknesses of the current system for providing care for injured workers.

Our vendor, DXC Technology, may be reaching out to you soon through email. They will be inviting you to participate in a survey about your experiences with the workers’ compensation system.

Groups that DXC will be contacting include: BWC employees, MCO employees, Employers, Trial Attorneys, Labor Unions, Medical Providers, TPA employees, and Rehabilitation Case Managers.

Please note that DXC is an affiliated company with HPE and the email you receive may be either from a DXC or HPE email address.

Your participation in the survey is highly valued and we appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. 

Grants galore!

BWC just announced more than $3 million in grants to improve safety in Ohio workplaces and protect firefighters from harm. Read more about these safety programs and grant recipients here and here.

July 26 employer webinar

The next employer update webinar is scheduled for July 26 at 11:30 a.m. 

The July webinar will cover policy year 2018 renewal, the new Policy Activity Rebate Program, the updated BWC website, our monthly safety tip and more.

Register here to attend the webinar virtually or here to visit your local claims office and view the webinar with BWC staff.

We’ll record this webinar and make it available for future viewing at bwc.ohio.gov.

From the BWC Blog

Distracted and aggressive driving are the topics of two blogs by Joe Koehl, BWC Loss Prevention Supervisor. Joe’s got some great tips, and he worked a little humor into his blogs, Aggressive driving – how much time do you really save? and Distracted driving: Do you feel lucky?

Safety Update

July’s Safety Update is hot! Catch up on all the latest in occupational health and safety here.


Attendance - 06/16/17

Action Door
Active Plumbing Supply
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
ALBA Contractors, Inc.
Alloy Precision Technologies
Alloy Precision Technologies
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Arcola Building Company Inc.
Around the Clock Home Care
Beacon Health
Brotzman Nursery
Building Technicians Corporation
Career Centered Staffing
Champion Personnel System
Chemsultants International
City of Eastlake
City of Mentor-on-the-Lake
City of Painesville - Fire Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - WPCP
City of Willoughby
Classic Auto Group
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concord Township
Contemporary Electric Inc.
Cres Cor
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
DAI Ceramics, Inc.
De Nora Tech R&D
Dyson Corporation
EA Group
EGC Enterprises, Inc.
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Enterprise Welding & Fabricating
Environmental Conditioning Systems
Equistar Chemicals, Inc.
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
GBGI, Inc.
Grand Rock
Hartman Personnel Services
Holden Arboretum
Home Care of Lake County
Homestead 1 (Saber-Health)
Homestead II (SaberHealth)
Hose Master LLC
Hynes Industries
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
J.J.O. Construction, Inc.
Just In Time Staffing
Kalcor Coatings Company
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kirtland Country Club
Kirtland Local Schools
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
Klyn Nurseries, Inc.
Lake County Council on Aging
Lake County Dept. of Utilities
Lake County Nursery
Lake Erie College
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lakeland Community College Retired
Lantern of Madison
Lassiter and Son, LLC
Leroy Township
Levin Furniture
Life Safety Enterprises
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Madison Fire District
Madison Local Schools
Madison Township
Madison Village
Mapleview Country Villa
Martin, Inc.
MC Sign Company
McNeil Industries
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Mentor Television, Inc.
Merritt Woodwork
Metal Seal Precision
Metz Culinary Management
Midwest Materials
MJM Industries
Mold Masters Intl. LLC
MT Heat Treating
MUM Industries
North American Coating Laboratories
North Perry Village
Northeast Masonry
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville City Board of Education
Painesville Township
Parker Hannifin Corp.
Pepco (Professional Electric Products Co.)
Perfection Corporation
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Township
PET Processors, L.L.C.
Point Blank Range & Gun Shop
Polychem Corporation
Preformed Line Products Company
Pure Water Technology
R.T. & T Machining Inc.
Ranpak Corp.
Regal Diamond Products Corp.
RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc.
Roberts Roofing Company
Royal Plastics Inc.
Sheet Metal Products Co., Inc.
Stanley Steemer - Lazar Brothers
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Transfer Express, Inc.
Tri County Ambulance Service
TT Electronics Integrated Mfg. Services
Umicore Specialty Materials Recycling
Universal Metal Products
USM Precision Products
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Security
Vector Technical
Village of Fairport Harbor
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
Volk Optical
West Geauga Local Schools
Western Reserve Water Systems
Wickliffe Country Place
Willo Security
Willoughby Eastlake City Schools
Zagar, Inc.