Volume 23 / Issue 9 - September, 2018
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Date:  Friday, September 21, 2018 (PLEASE NOTE DATE)
Topic: Transiitional Workforce

Speaker: Kimberly Wickert, MRC, CRC, VocWorks, Director of Rehabilitation and Business Development


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, October 19, 2018 (PLEASE NOTE DATE)
Topic: NFPA 70E

Speaker: Andrew Johnson, Project Manager, Sotaris


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



Transitional Workforce - A Review of RTW and MDOS Programs


The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the September monthly program  ---  Transitional Workforce --- on Friday, September 21.

The keynote speaker will be Kimberly Wickert, MRC, CRC at VocWorks. She is the director of rehabilitation services and has been a certified rehabilitation counselor since 1992.

She will be reviewing the components of a successful return to work (RTW) program. This will include the elements of: policy and buy in  - including management commitment; communications with the injured worker/employee; functional job descriptions and transitional duty jobs.

Wickert has worked in the field of rehabilitation for nearly 30 years. She has partnered with employers to assist them in development and implementation of their disability management, focusing on Alternative Return to Work Programs.

She also will discuss why transitional dutly/light duty does not always work - AND - Modified Duty Offsite (MDOS) althernatives, including: what they are; how they work; how to sent them up and the value, impact and benefits to the injured worker and employer.

Wickert has served as an adjunct instructor in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Kent State University teaching vocational rehabilitation classes. And she has been an adjunct instructor in the Rehabilitation Program at Wright State University, as well as a teaching assistant at Ohio State University's Rehabilitation Program.

She will demonstrate how to incorporate MDOS successfully into a company's program, dicsssing elements such as policy and the need for buy in from management, staff and medical providers.

Wickert has been a member of the VocWorks team for more than 20 years and has been providing case management and vocationsl services as well as management oversight for 18 years.


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

---Wellness Champions

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.


Safety Updates From The BWC

Safety Updates From The BWC

Noise and Wellness

This National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Science Blog post describes a new NIOSH study discussing the relationship between high noise levels and high blood pressure and cholesterol. The study found:

• 25 percent of current workers had a history of occupational noise exposure (14 percent exposed in the last year).

• 12 percent had hearing difficulty.

• 24 percent had hypertension.

• 28 percent had elevated cholesterol.

• 58 percent, 14 percent and 9 percent of these cases can be attributed to occupational noise exposure, respectively.

The study makes a case for workplace wellness programs, particularly in those with high noise-exposed workers, and reducing workplace noise levels.

BWC/OSU Push/Pull Guidelines

New Push/Pull Guidelines will allow employers to evaluate their current pushing or pulling tasks and determine whether they pose an ergonomic hazard to workers. BWC’s Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Research Program funded the development of the Push/Pull Guidelines by the Spine Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Based on biomechanics instead of psychophysics, the guidelines protect workers’ shoulders as well as the lower back. A mobile-friendly web app allows for on-the-spot field analysis.

As employers have increasingly recognized the dangers associated with lifting, they often replace lifting with pushing and pulling by using overhead hoists, carts and articulating arms. Yet pushing and pulling has its own risks. These guidelines will help employers design safe pushing and pulling tasks and reduce the risk of costly shoulder and back injuries that are the leading cause of lost work days.

New NIOSH Workplace Solutions for Firefighting Below-Grade

Firefighters are at significant risk of injury or death when fighting fires in basements or floors below-grade level. This Workplace Solutions report describes the risks and indicators of a basement fire, and describes strategies and tactics for fighting these fires.

Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Pharmacy Employees

An investigation of pharmacy employees by the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations (HHE) program found that many employees used repetitions, forceful movements and awkward positions while performing pharmacy tasks, and had symptoms consistent with work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The report makes recommendations for reducing the risks.


Beryllium Standard Extension

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended certain ancillary parts of the Beryllium Standard for General Industry until Dec. 12, 2018. This extension affects provisions for methods of compliance, beryllium work areas, regulated areas, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene facilities and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards, and recordkeeping.

Regulations Webpage Redesign

OSHA redesigned its Law and Regulations webpage. It’s now searchable by standards, keyword or number. It also contains a list of key resources and the latest updates on active rulemaking. There are informational buttons to describe the materials on the site that may be unfamiliar to users.

OSHA On-Site Consultation Benefits Top $1 Billion

OSHA recently published an analysis showing how the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program, contributes $1.3 billion to the national economy each year. The On-Site Consultation Program provides free, confidential safety and health services to small and medium-sized businesses. To contact Ohio’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, visit BWC’s website.

New Silica Standard Compliance Tools

OSHA created several new tools to help employers meet the new silica standards, they include:

• A customizable slide presentation to help train construction workers.

• A five-minute video about protecting workers from exposure to silica dust.

• A series of short videos demonstrating the proper use of specified dust control methods for six common construction tasks.

• An FAQ page that provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.

Updated Topic Page for Legionellosis

The OSHA website has an updated topic page for Legionellosis (Legionnaires’ Disease and Pontiac Fever). The page contains technical information on recognizing outbreaks, conducting investigations and performing water sampling. Additionally, there is information on how to prevent outbreaks and how to respond to an outbreak.

Other News

Workplace Violence Prevention Webinar

A free 60-minute webinar on preventing workplace violence in health-care settings is available from The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, that accredits and certifies health-care organizations and programs.

2019 Safety Innovation Awards Deadline Is This Month

Has your company or organization developed an innovative solution to help reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses? If so, you could earn a cash award up to $6,000 for it!

The innovation must demonstrate a reduction in safety or ergonomic risk factors, or occupational health exposures. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2018.

Learn more and apply here today!

Reduce Strains and Sprains on the Jobsite

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has a program called Best Built Plans with tools and information for safe material handling. The program has a site planning tool, training resources and coaching exercises.

Prevention of Opioid Deaths in the Construction Industry

An analysis of fatal opioid overdoses in Ohio showed that construction workers were seven times more likely to die from opioid use than other workers. CPWR has resources to prevent opioid deaths in the construction industry. Information from CPWR, NIOSH, CDC and others are all presented.

Contractor Selection and Oversight

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued a Contractor Safety Digest on contractor selection and oversight. The document describes two incidents investigated by the CSB and how contractors impacted the accidents.

Please contact the library@bwc.state.oh.us or 614-466-7388 for more information on any of these items.


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A & J Cement Contractors
Action Door
Active Plumbing Supply
Advanced Controls, Inc.
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Alloy Precision Technologies
Alloy Precision Technologies
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Around the Clock Home Care
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Avery Dennison - EFD
Beachwood City School District
Brotzman Nursery
Building Technicians Corporation
Career Centered Staffing
Cast Nylons Ltd.
Champion Contract, Inc.
Champion Personnel System
Chemsultants International
City of Eastlake
City of Kirtland
City of Mayfield Heights
City of Mentor-on-the-Lake
City of Painesville - Electric Plant
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
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Comp Management, Inc.
Concentra Medical Centers
Concentra Medical Centers
Concord Township
Contemporary Electric Inc.
CPP Eastlake
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
EA Group
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Euclid Fish Company
Federal Hose Manufacturing LLC
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
Hardy Industrial Technologies
Home Care of Lake County
Hose Master LLC
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
Integrity Staffing Services
Just In Time Staffing
Kalcor Coatings Company
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kirtland Local Schools
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
Klyn Nurseries, Inc.
Lake County Council on Aging
Lake County General Health District
Lake County Nursery
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lakeland Community College Retired
Lantern of Madison
Lassiter and Son, LLC
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Madison Local Schools
Mapleview Country Villa
Mar-Bal, Inc.
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Metal Seal Precision
Midwest Materials
MUM Industries
North American Coating Laboratories
North Perry Village
Northeast Masonry
Ohio Paving & Construction Co., Inc.
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville Township
Pepco (Professional Electric Products Co.)
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Local School District
Perry Local School District
Perry Township
Point Blank Range & Gun Shop
Polychem Corporation
Precision AlarmTech, Inc
Preformed Line Products Company
Process Technology
Race Winning Brands
Ranpak Corp.
RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc.
Royal Plastics Inc.
Symphony at Mentor
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Transfer Express, Inc.
Tri County Ambulance Service
TT Electronics Integrated Mfg. Services
Umicore Specialty Materials Recycling
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Security
Vector Technical
Village of Fairport Harbor
Village of Perry
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
West Geauga Local Schools
Western Reserve Water Systems
Wickliffe Country Place
Willo Security
Yokohama Industries Americas Ohio Inc.
Zagar, Inc.