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:
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
July’s Safety Update is hot! Catch up on all the latest in occupational health and safety here.
Action Door Active Plumbing Supply Advocate for Independence Aexcel Corporation ALBA Contractors, Inc. Alloy Bellows and Precision Welding, Inc. & Star Precision Technologies Amerathon, LLC AMG Resources Corporation Arcola Building Company Inc. Around the Clock Home Care Beacon Health Brotzman's Nursery, Inc. Building Technicians Corporation Career Centered Staffing Champion Personnel System Chemsultants International City of Eastlake City of Mentor-on-the-Lake City of Painesville - Water Dept. City of Painesville, Fire 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.) ENPAC, LLC Enterprise Welding & Fabricating Environmental Conditioning Systems Equistar Chemicals, Inc. Euclid Fish Company Extrudex 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 Laketran Lantern of Madison Lassiter and Son, LLC Leroy Township Levin Furniture Libra Life Safety Enterprises Life Services Lincoln Electric Lintern Corporation Madison Fire District Madison Local Schools Madison Township Madison Village Mapleview Country Villa MatPlus 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 Park Avenue Valet 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. Reiders Market (aka BHR Fresh LLC) RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc. Roberts Roofing Company Royal Plastics Inc. Sheet Metal Products Co., Inc. Stanley Steemer - Lazar Brothers Star Precision Technologies 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.