Volume 25 / Issue 1 - January, 2020
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, January 17, 2020
Topic: Emerging Trends in Safety Technology

Tony DeAscentis, CEO & Co-Founder, Ving LLC


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, February 21, 2020
Topic: How to Successfully Use Baby Boomers and Generation X to Train Millennials

Tony DeAscentis, CEO & Co-Founder, Ving LLC


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


How to Successfully Use Baby Boomers and Generation X to Train Millennials on "Your Company's Way" of Getting the Job Done Right and Safe

Three-Part Series - Part One - Emerging Trends in Safety Technology

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the January monthly program  ---  Emerging Trends in Safety Technology --- with keynote speaker Tony DeAscentis, CEO, Ving LLC on Friday, January 17, 2020.  This is the first in a three-part series - Modernizing Your Company's Safety Program. 

DeAscentis will discuss how "across the board, employers are discovering and increasing their use of emerging technologies to enhance employee safety. In this session the participants will gain valuable insights into safety technology ranging from virtual and augmented reality - to in-field wearable safety devices.

DeAscentis is on the Mahoning Valley Safety Council Steering Committee; holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and has more than 25 years of professional experience in developing business models and technology designed to enhance the safety training and learning experience.

The January meeting will give the participants the opportunity to start thinking "outside the box" of traditional training approaches and expand their thought processes in the field of safety devices.

DeAscentis has extensive experience in public speaking, including TedTalk, panel facilitation for industry leaders and safety councils and training sessions. He has spoken at the Ohio Safety Congress, National Safety Council Ohio chapter, Mahoning and Portage County Safety Councils and the OBWC Regional Technology Conference 

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
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Council Director Elect
Jim Ruttinger

(440) 710-5399

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Gordon Levar
(440) 479-1539

Council Advisor
Bob Siktberg
(216) 383-4737

Council Liaison
Chris Weber-Bresky


(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee

Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Joanne Clapp
(440) 259-2671

Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Tobin Hawes
(440) 205-3933

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Mike Orlando


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 & Notes

McCloud touts safety, dividends in Cleveland visit

BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud stopped in Cleveland Dec. 3 to tout the agency’s safety programs and recent $1.5 billion dividend for Ohio’s private and public employers.

McCloud visited Jergens Inc. to praise the company’s participation in BWC’s safety services and for its plan to invest its dividend into workplace safety.

“Like many employers across Ohio, Jergens understands that investing in safety is smart business,” said McCloud, standing inside Jergens headquarters at 15700 South Waterloo Road. “Safe workplaces mean fewer accidents and injuries, steady production and lower costs. That’s good for workers, it’s good for a company’s bottom line and it’s good for our economy.”

Click here to read more about this visit or visit our Facebook page







2019 was a busy year at BWC

BWC had some exceptional moments in 2019 that improved the lives and livelihoods of Ohio’s workers and their employers. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • A 20% rate cut for public employers July 1; a 12% rate cut Jan. 1 for public employers, followed by another 10% cut approved Aug. 23 that begins Jan. 1, 2020.
  • A $1.5 billion dividend for employers, the fifth billion-dollar return since 2013.
  • Increased Safety Grant funding to $40 million, up from $30 million.
  • Expanded our Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program that supports employers who hire workers in recovery.
  • Removed Oxycontin from our formulary June 1.
  • Beginning Nov. 1, offered drug disposal bags at every pharmacy for injured workers’ first-fill opioid prescription.

In the new year, BWC will continue to support Governor Mike DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiatives to tackle the opioid and substance-use epidemic and keep workplace safety a priority for all Ohioans.

Attention: public employers

Important information on payments, true-up and Go-Green rebate

If you're a public employer taxing district, there are several important and timely items you should be aware of. 

  • The first installment for policy year 2020 is due Dec. 23, 2019.
  • To earn the 2-percent early payment discount, you must pay your full 2020 estimated annual premium by Jan. 3, 2020.
  • Payroll true-up for 2019 will run from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2020. True-up includes completing your report and paying any outstanding balance. 
  • Go-Green Rebate Program requirements

    • True-up and pay any resulting balance in the same transaction.
    • Be enrolled to receive electronic notifications prior to completing your 2019 payroll true-up.

About the Go-Green Rebate Program

Through the Go-Green Rebate Program you can earn a 1-percent premium rebate, up to $2,000 each policy year. If you’ve not yet done so, you can enroll in electronic notifications by signing in to www.bwc.ohio.gov. Your electronic notification preferences are listed on your My policy page. Click the Electronic notifications link. to change your preferences. While we encourage you to sign up for BWC updates, Go-Green requires only that you sign up for policy notices.  

In addition, Go-Green requires employers to true-up and pay premium online. You must also be current on your policy, meeting all payment and reporting requirements. We automatically enroll you in Go-Green when you meet all these requirements.

For full details, see the Go-Green Rebate policy.



David Boyd returns to BWC as director of self-insurance

A former director of self-insurance for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has returned to the agency to serve in the same role he held from 2005 to 2008.

David E. Boyd comes back to BWC from a third-party administrator, York Risk Services, Inc., where he served for 10 years as a senior account executive and risk consultant. His return to BWC continues his 13-year history with the agency.

“We’re thrilled to have David back in the SI Department,” said Winnie Warren, our interim chief of employer services. “His history with BWC and experience with one of our external partners is invaluable. David brings opportunities for creative ideas to assist our employer customers and enhance accuracy and offerings to them.”

Boyd, who rejoined the agency Nov. 25, said he was excited to be back.

“I’m happy to return to the familiar setting of BWC, where I know we have talented and knowledgeable people,” he said. “It will be great to reconnect with the self-insured community and continue to build on the good work the SI Department has been doing over the years.”


As director of self-insurance, Boyd oversees 1,160 Ohio employers who self-administer a workers’ compensation program. He and his staff ensure these employers adhere to underwriting, financial, and claim administration requirements, among other duties.

Boyd holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in finance from The Ohio State University. His skills include client relations, account and relationship management, and extensive experience in the insurance industry.


Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors

Attendance - 12/13/19-Crisis Communications

A Heavenly Helper Home Care
Action Door
Active Plumbing Supply
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Alloy Precision Technologies
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Beachwood City School District
Brotzman Nursery
Building Technicians Corporation
Career Centered Staffing
Cast Nylons Ltd.
Cintas Corporation
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
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concord Township
Contemporary Electric Inc.
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
Diversified Maintenance Systems
Dyson Corporation
EA Group
ECKART America Corp.
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Enterprise Welding & Fabricating
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Federal Hose Manufacturing LLC
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
Grand Rock
Hartman Personnel Services
Holden Arboretum
Hose Master LLC
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
Integrity Staffing Services
Kalcor Coatings Company
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kirtland Local Schools
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
Klyn Nurseries, Inc.
Lake County Council on Aging
Lake County Nursery
Lake County YMCA
Lake Health
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lakeland Community College Retired
Lantern of Madison
Lassiter and Son, LLC
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lintern Corporation
Madison Health Care
Maersch Environmental & Safety Consulting
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
Moving Ahead Services
MT Heat Treating
MUM Industries
North American Coating Laboratories
Northeast Masonry
Nova Chemical
NOVA Chemicals
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville City Board of Education
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Local School District
Perry Local School District
Perry Township
Polychem Corporation
Process Technology
R.T. & T Machining Inc.
Race Winning Brands
Ranpak Corp.
RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc.
Royal Plastics Inc.
Symphony at Mentor
The Holden Arboretum
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, 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
Vicon Fabricating Company
Village of Fairport Harbor
Vine Beverage & Catering, Inc.
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
West Geauga Local Schools
Wickliffe Country Place
Willo Security
Windsor Laurelwood Center
Yokohama Industries Americas Ohio Inc.
Zagar, Inc.