Volume 24 / Issue 11 - November, 2019
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, November 15, 2019
Topic: Safety and the Aging Workforce

Speaker: Colleen Bolha, BWC, Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist


Registration: 11:15 a.m.

Lunch & Program:  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Villa Croatia - Event Venue & Party Center, 34900 Lake Shore Blvd., Eastlake, OH  44095

Cost: Members: $20

Non-Members: $25




Friday, December 13, 2019
Topic: Crisis Communications for Your Organization

Stephanie York, Esq. Vice President & In-House Counsel, Hennes Communications


Registration: 11:15 a.m.

Lunch & Program:  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Villa Croatia - Event Venue & Party Center, 34900 Lake Shore Blvd., Eastlake, OH  44095

Cost: Members: $20

Non-Members: $25




The Aging Workforce - A Powerful Force With Huge Value

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the November monthly program  ---  Safety and the Aging Workforce --- with keynote speaker Colleen Bolha, on Friday, October 18. 

Bolha is an Industrial Safety Consultant with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation division of safety and hygiene. She will be discussing how "The aging workforce is a powerful force that provides tremendous value to a business and deserves planning and protection."

She has been with the BWC since 2005 and in her current position since 2013. she will be addressing:

-- How to explore potential safety risk factors with the aging workforce;

-- How to help employers get a better understanding of physical and psychological changes that occur as workers age;

-- How to provide information to assist amployers to adapt for safety and health issues pertaining to the aging workforce;

-- How to keep experienced workers safe and productive.

Bolha has a bachelor's degree in Applied Science from Youngstown State University, She is a Certified Safety Professional and Construction Health and Safety Technician through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

She will discuss the "Age Descrimination in Employment Act of 1967, labor force aging statistics, the biological, physical, cognitive and social changes associated with age - and training and age-friendly workplaces.

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


Council Director
Gordon Levar

(440) 479-1539

Council Director Elect

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

Joanne Clapp
(440) 259-2671

Jim Ruttinger

(440) 710-5399

Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Tobin Hawes
(440) 205-3933

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

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


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

BWC News, Updates & Notes


Ohio governor, BWC, announce drug disposal bag program

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud, and RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson announced a new, statewide effort on Oct. 10 to prevent opioid diversion and addiction in situations where an injured worker is prescribed opioids as part of a BWC claim.

Starting Nov. 1, injured workers receiving an opioid prescription for the first time within the past 12 months will automatically receive a drug disposal bag upon filling the prescription at a retail pharmacy. The bags destroy the opioids in a chemical process, rendering them useless for legitimate or recreational use.

“Newly injured workers don’t always need every opioid pill in their prescription, and this new effort will simplify the process for safely disposing these dangerous drugs,” said Governor DeWine. “By giving these drug disposal bags to injured workers at the time they fill a prescription, we can not only educate them about the dangers of opioid addiction, but also reduce the risk that unused pills will end up where they shouldn’t – in the hands of children for example.”

“We need every tool available to resolve the opioid and substance epidemic in this state, and it’s my hope these bags will move us closer to that goal,” said Administrator Stephanie McCloud announcing the initiative at Crosby’s Drugs & Home Health Care in Columbus Thursday. “This effort is consistent with Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative, and BWC is proud to do its part.”

Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug for non-medical purposes.

BWC will cover the full cost of the disposal bags, which are limited to opioid prescriptions only. The bags will be available at every retail pharmacy across the state.

To address the mental health and substance use public health crisis in Ohio, Governor DeWine created the RecoveryOhio initiative to coordinate and improve prevention efforts, increase access to treatment, and support proven recovery supports in the state. The RecoveryOhio Advisory Council released their initial report that provides 75 actionable recommendations to better address the public health crisis in Ohio.

A fact sheet with questions and answers about the disposal bags can be found on BWC's website.




BWC sends up to $1.5 billion to Ohio employers

BWC started sending up to $1.5 billion in dividend checks to Ohio employers Sept. 26.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud announced plans in May to provide the money to employers following strong investment returns, falling injury claims, and other agency cost savings. The proposal was approved by BWC’s Board of Directors in June.

“We are committed to providing resources for Ohio businesses to expand, support their employees, and become stronger competitors in the global marketplace,” said Governor DeWine.  “Because of BWC’s leadership and strong investments, Ohio employers will now have the opportunity to make additional investments in their businesses.”  

BWC mailed approximately 177,000 checks in seven batches over four weeks, concluding Oct. 24.

“We are grateful and more than pleased to once again be in a strong fiscal position that allows us to send these dollars to Ohio employers,” said Administrator McCloud. “Our hope is employers will reinvest these dollars into their companies, particularly in the area of workplace safety, and help our economy continue to prosper.”

The dividends mark the fifth time since 2013 BWC has issued $1 billion or more to Ohio’s private and public employers covered by the agency. 

The checks equal 88% of the premiums employers paid in policy year 2017 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018 for private employers; calendar year 2017 for public employers). Nearly $172 million went to counties, cities, townships, and other local government entities. Of that, $51.4 million went to public school districts.

In total, BWC has saved employers nearly $10 billion in workers’ compensation costs over the last decade through dividends, discount programs, reduced rates and other cost savings.

For answers to frequently asked questions, click here. Employers: For more detailed frequently asked questions and answers, click here.



BWC approves $6.6 million for school safety, security enhancements

School Safety and Security Grant Program off to strong start

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has approved $6.6 million in grants since July 1 to improve school safety and security across Ohio.

BWC's School Safety and Security Grant Program awards grants of up to $40,000 to help schools purchase equipment to substantially improve safety and security and reduce the potential for injuries. This program is aligned with Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio plan, which includes his Ohio School Safety Center initiative and the expansion of Ohio's statewide school safety tip line

“It's important that we continue investing in Ohio schools' safety, while giving each school the flexibility to invest in resources that are specifically needed for their facilities," said Governor DeWine.  “In addition to the funds from the recent budget, we will continue to make investments that will help safeguard students, teachers, and staff." 

Added BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud: “We're pleased we can be a part of Gov. DeWine's vision for making Ohio's schools as safe and secure as possible. These dollars also keep workers safe in their daily routine activities by paying for equipment that lessens the risk for sprains, strains and other injuries that might arise on the job." 

Sharing the $6.6 million in grants are 219 Ohio school districts and other schools licensed for preschool through 12th grade instruction. A county listing of school districts approved for grants since July 1 can be found online

BWC pays $3 to every $1 a school district spends toward eligible equipment, which includes:

  • Building/grounds/transportation security enhancements such as interior and exterior security doors and mechanisms (for example, panic bars or other fire code compliant door-locking mechanisms, bulletproof glass, bullet resistant coating materials for existing glass); modifications of building/facility entrances to restrict access; and secured keycard systems.
  • Incident response equipment such as equipment bags/backpacks stocked with trauma first-aid supplies; two-way communication devices and software designed to directly interface with emergency responder radio systems; and schoolwide panic alarm/panic button systems.
  • Other equipment that improves workplace safety.

The program is part of BWC's larger Safety Grants Program, which is supported by $40 million over two years under Governor DeWine's 2020-2021 budget for the agency. 

Interested schools can visit BWC's School Safety and Security Grant webpage to learn more about the program and to download a fillable PDF version of the application. Questions or inquiries can be submitted via the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene's Safety Intervention Grant email box.



From Our Blog

BWC safety grants save lives, time and money! Read how a Columbus construction company saved tens of thousands of dollars investing in safety through our Safety Grants program.

Our $1.5 billion employer dividend a confluence of safety, savings and investment. Administrator Stephanie McCloud kicked off her state tour passing out ceremonial dividend checks to employers with a visit to a Marietta business. 

BWC to cover drug disposal bags. Check out this blog from Pharmacy Program Manager Miranda Williams on the importance of this initiative.

High-hazard employers find success with BWC consulting program. One of our Safety & Hygiene Fellows writes about the value to employers of BWC’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program and debunks the myth our consultants exist simply to report businesses to OSHA.



Safety Updates

Safety updates for September and October are available! Click here for September and here for October to read up on NIOSH & OSHA news, worker health resources and more.




Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors

Attendance - 10/18/19-Marijuana & Opioids in the Work Place

A Heavenly Helper Home Care
ACO Inc.
ACO Polymer Products
Action Door
Active Plumbing Supply
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Alloy Precision Technologies
Alloy Precision Technologies
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Avery Dennison - CFF
Beachwood City School District
Brotzman Nursery
Building Technicians Corporation
Career Centered Staffing
Cast Nylons Ltd.
Chemsultants International
City of Kirtland
City of Mayfield Heights
City of Mentor
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
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concentra Medical Centers
Concentra Medical Centers
Concord Township
Contemporary Electric Inc.
CPP Eastlake
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
D & S Automotive
De Nora Tech Manufacturing
Dyson Corporation
EA Group
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Enterprise Welding & Fabricating
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Federal Hose Manufacturing LLC
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
Grand Rock
Holden Arboretum
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
Lakeside Safety Management
Lantern of Madison
Lassiter and Son, LLC
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Madison Health Care
Mar-Bal, Inc.
Martin, Inc.
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Merritt Woodwork
Metal Seal Precision
Metz Culinary Management
Midwest Materials
MJM Industries
MT Heat Treating
MUM Industries
North American Coating Laboratories
Northeast Masonry
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville City Board of Education
Painesville Township
Pepco (Professional Electric Products Co.)
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Local School District
Perry Township
PET Processors, L.L.C.
Polychem Corporation
Precision AlarmTech, Inc
Preformed Line Products Company
Process Technology
Race Winning Brands
Ranpak Corp.
RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc.
Royal Plastics Inc.
Steel Warehouse Cleveland LLC (dba Chesterfield Steel)
Symphony at Mentor
The Holden Arboretum
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Transfer Express, Inc.
Tri County Ambulance Service
Triad McNally Joint Venture
TT Electronics Integrated Mfg. Services
Umicore Specialty Materials Recycling
Universal Metal Products
US Endoscopy
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Security
Vector Technical Inc
Vicon Fabricating Company
Vine Beverage & Catering, Inc.
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
West Geauga Local Schools
Willo Security
Windsor Laurelwood Center
Yokohama Industries Americas Ohio Inc.
Zagar, Inc.