Volume 15 / Issue 11 - November, 2010
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, November 19, 2010 Topic: Victim Prevention Tips for the Holiday Season Speaker: Officer Jeff Stanczyk, Community Policing Unit, Cleveland Police Department Time: 11:30 AM - 1 PM Location: Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites LaMalfa Cost: $18.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members Pre-registration is required. No refunds
Friday, December 10, 2010 Topic: Safety Roundtable-Best Practices Speaker: Award-Winning LCSC Safety Programs Time: 11:30 AM - 1 PM Location: Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites LaMalfa Cost: $18.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members Pre-registration is required. No refunds

The LCSC Presents - How to Prevent Being a Victim This Holiday Season

The Lake County Safety Council presents:

Jeffrey Stanczyk, Community Relations Officer, Cleveland Police Department, Bureau of Community Policing, and his lunch program "How to Prevent Being a Victim This Holiday Season"

⇒ Why People are Selected as Victims

⇒ Parking Lot and Workplace Safety

⇒ How to Spot an Attacker

⇒ The Most Likely Place for an Attack

⇒ Safe Driving Tips

TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., registration @ 11:15 a.m.

DATE: Friday, November 19, 2010

SITE: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa @ Route 2 and Heisley Road

RSVP: Online @ www.councilnews.org or e-mail mark@mentorchamber.org

COST: $18 Members and $20 Non-Members

The Lake County Safety Council Steering Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season...for both Thanksgiving and Christmas...

AND the steering committee would like to thank our generous 2010 meeting sponsors. They are:

Lake Health

HzW Environmental Consultants

Lake County Chambers of Commerce

EA Group

Stanley Steemer

Avery Dennison

Dollar Bank

Wiseco Performance Products

Northcoast Shredding

Lake National Bank

Sedgwick CompManagement

THANK YOU VERY MUCH MEETING SPONSORS

Council Director Chris Brill-Packard chris.brill-packard@lakehealth.org (440) 354-1933 Council Director Elect Cliff Smith cliffsmithehs@componentrepair.com (440) 255-1793 Council Secretary Cliff Smith Past Director Scott Cole, CSP scott.cole@lakecountyohio.gov (440) 350-5706 Council Advisor Bob Siktberg bob_siktberg@lincolnelectric.com (216) 383-2141 Council Liaison Marie Pucak, IOM MPucak@MentorChamber.org (440) 255-1616 Steering Committee Dawn Johnston dawn.johnston@averydennison.com (440) 358-4646 Lee Silvi lsilvi@lakelandcc.edu (440) 525-7252 Dan Nichols dnichols@sfielectrical.com (440) 259-2000 Donna McCaskey dmccaskey@eagroupohio.com (440) 951-3514 Sue Fuerst sfuerst@painesville.com Mike Orland morlando@aexcelcorp.com (440) 205-7317 Council Assistant Mark Wainwright mwainwright@mentorchamber.org (440) 255-1616 Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Representative Dennis Patterson 216-403-7433 dennis.patterson@bwc.state.oh.us Ron Abrams 216-308-2996 ron.a.2@bwc.state.oh.us Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Scott Cole for more information.

Commitment to Safety Garners More Than $9 Million in Savings for Ohio Employers

Keeping the work force safe not benefits businesses with fewer days of lost time, it also can mean money back into the pocket of the business owners.

Throughout Ohio the Bureau of Workers' Compensation delivered more than $9 million in rebates to about 2,900 employers that earned the funds by participating in one of the 80 BWC-sponsored safety councils.

For 74 Lake County Safety Council members that meant more than $153,300 in rebates. And this ONLY reflects the 2-percent participation rebate.

That number will go up later in the year when the 2-percent performance rebates are distributed.

The $9 million statewide represents the 2-percent premium rebate earned during the Ficsal Year 2010. And the additional 2-percent performance rebate is available to employers that reduce either the frequency or severity of claims by 10 percent or with the maintenance of both frequency and severity at zero.

Attendance - 10/15/10

Active Plumbing Supply
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Air Power Dynamics
ALBA Contractors, Inc.
Allied Door Systems
American Red Cross
Apple Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Aqua Ohio, Inc.
Around the Clock Home Care
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Beachwood City School District
Big Oat Oil Field Supply Company
Career Tech
Chardon Metal Products
City of Eastlake
City of Kirtland
City of Painesville, Fire Department
City of Painesville, Water Department
City of Painesville, WPCP
Classic Auto Group
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Commercial Siding & Maintenance Company
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concord Township
Core Systems LLC
Crossroads, LCACS
CT Consultants
DAI Ceramics, Inc.
Damon Morgan Corporation
Emeritus at Mentor
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Environmental Conditioning Systems
Equistar Chemicals, Inc.
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Food For Thought
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Grand Rock
Hartman Personnel Services
Heartland of Mentor
Holden Arboretum
Home Care of Lake County
Hose Master LLC
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
Interlake Stamping
Kalcor Coatings Company
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
KW Lang Mechanical
Lake Business Products
Lake County Educational Service Center
Lake County Nursery
Lake County YMCA
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lantern of Madison
Levin Furniture
Libra
Life Safety Enterprises
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Madison Local Schools
Madison Township
MC Sign Company
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
MedLab
MedLab Green
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Mentor Television, Inc.
Mentor Way Nursing & Rehabilitation
Merritt Woodwork
Midwest Materials
Modern Employment
MT Heat Treating
North American Coating Laboratories
North Perry Village
Northcoast Inc. Recycling Specialists
NOVA Chemicals
Ohio Associated Enterprises
Ohio Broach & Machine Co.
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Township
PET Processors, L.L.C.
Polychem Corporation
Preformed Line Products Company
Professional Placement Services
Progressive Foods (Dunkin Donuts)
Quality Assurance Supported Living Services, Inc.
Radix Wire
Ranpak Corp.
Roberts Roofing Company
Royal Plastics Inc.
SafeAir Contractors, Inc.
SFI Electrical Contractors
Sievers Security
Soundwich, Inc.
Stanley Steemer - Lazar Brothers
Team Wendy, LLC
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Trailer Component Manufacturing
Transfer Express, Inc.
US Endoscopy
V.L. Chapman Electric
Village of Fairport Harbor
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio


Progress in Lowering Workers Compensation Premiums

According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation steady financial strength and the declining frequency of workplace injuries/claims has prompted a proposal by the BWC actuarial staff to lower workers' compensation premiums by 5.5 percent for Ohio's 3,800 public employer taxing districts (PECs).

The actuarial staff presented the proposal to the BWC Board of Directors Actuarial Committee in September. The BWC expected the board to vote on the recommendation at its late October meeting.

If approved, the reduction in base rates would take effect January 1, 2011, and would mean a 33.5 percent total reduction in base rates for PECs since 2007.

"For more than three years the BWC has implemented more accurate reserving, improved processes, cut down on expenses and solidfied our investment portfolio.\," BWC Administrator Marsha Ryan said. "This combination of factors is enabling us to further reduce the cost of workers' compensation insurance for the majority of Ohio employers."

"With this proposal, PEC employers will see a 33.5 percent, three-year base rate reduction. Combined with an overall 35 percent base rate reduction for private employers over the same period, the majority of Ohio employers are saving money on their overall business costs, allowing them to compete in their industries and create jobs," Ryan said.

PECs include Ohio cities, counties, townships, villages, schools and special taxing districts. Rates for individual PEC entities differ based on their individual claims history.

While the total, overall premium collected could decrease by 5.5 percent from the current year, some employers may see an increase or no change, depending on their loss history.

BWC Joins Forces With National Leader in Workplace Safety

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have entered into a formal agreement to share research and data.

Representatives from the BWC and NIOSH said they believe this strategic alliance will result in reduced workplace injuries and improved safety intervention programs in Ohio and across the nation.

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard and BWC Administrator Marsha Ryan recently signed the NIOSH/BWC agreement. The alliance is an innovative collaboration intended to reduce workplace injuries by enhancing safety practices for Ohio's work force.

"Workplace injuries often result in a financial strain for businesses," Ryan said. "It is a known fact that prevention is the key to maintaining a safe and healthy work force. As a public workers' compensation system, the BWC has at our fingertips unparalleled, comprehensive data that offers a unique opportunity for enhancing our prevention efforts."

"By partnering with NIOSH, we can share this valuable data to gain the knowledge that will help us understand why injuries occur, and how we can help Ohio businesses prevent accidents in the future, protecting their workforce and their bottom line," Ryan said.

NIOSH is a federal agency and the nation's leading source for work-related illness and injury research. The agency uses injury data from each state to assist with prioritizing action for the most pressing occupational and health safety issues.

"We in NIOSH are excited about this new partnership with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation," said Dr. Howard. "We look forward to working with administrator Ryan and her staff to advance our common goal of safer and healthier workplaces." He noted Ohio's unique workers' compensation system and superb safety programs, which he described as a national standard.